In the September 2001 Tech Q&A column, we suggested a way in Excel to get rid of the dreaded #DIV/0 when you try to divide a number by 0. We suggested using the IF(). So, if you divide B2 by C2, the formula would look like this:
=IF(C2=0,“Please enter a divisor other than 0”,B2/C2)
This is what it would look like in Excel—with and without the IF formula:
Another way to solve the problem is to use the ISERROR function in an IF statement:
The two quote marks with nothing between them will return a blank cell, which could be replaced with a 0 if you wish.
This solution has another advantage: It’s not likely to cause an error if that cell is summed in a formula.
(Submitted by Ryan R. Blazei, CPA, of Virchow, Krause & Co., LLP, Appleton, Wisconsin.)
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