I am trying to find a way to cause a logical

statement to cause another cell to output a

number such as "4" if true and "0" if false. That

is not where my problem lies,however. My

problem comes when I try to sum a column of

numbers generated from an if/then statement.

Excel seems to treat the numbers as

symbols/words and not numbers. Thus, a

summation of the cells outputs a zero

because technically, no numbers are there.

Any ideas. I would greatly appreciate it.

PS: I have tried this on excel 2003 and 2007. I assume that if

this issue can be overcome, it should transcend the version of

excel as I am sure it is something really simple like a specific

equation or something.

The answer: My if/then statement was set up as follows;

=IF(D6="Yes","4","0")

This caused excel to treat the 4 and 0 as words and not

numbers. Therefore, I could not sum them up. By removing the

parenthesis, excel would treat them as numbers and I could

add them. :DThe statement should read:

=IF(D6="Yes",4,0)

Alternatively, it should be noted that the 4 and 0 can also be

replaced with a cell such as C7.

Just as an FYI... Excel really likes numbers, so if you are stuck with a "text number" Excel will usually allow you to perform an arithmetic operation on it and turn it into a number.

For example, both of these would have solved your problem also:

=IF(D6="Yes","4","0")*1

=IF(D6="Yes","4","0")+0So would have a Copy/Paste Special...Add of 0 or a blank cell, Copy/Paste Special...Multiply of 1, etc.

Maybe these tips will help you in the future.

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