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  1. Give us a proper NULL() worksheet function.

    This would make calculations and charts treat a cell containing a formula as a blank cell, not as a cell with a text string ("") or as a zero.

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    133 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for your support for this suggestion. As some of the comments have concluded, there are a few complex technical issues and considerations that have delayed this from being implemented.

    We do think that this suggestion has merit but we don’t think that we’ll be able to devote time to it in the near future.

    One of the primary reasons for this request was to have a better way to handle formula cells in line charts, and this can be accomplished using the option to show #N/A as an empty cell. You can use the NA() function in your formulas as appropriate, and choose the option to “Show cells with #N/A as an empty cell”. To find the option for your chart, go to the Select Data dialog for the chart, and click the Hidden and Empty Cells button.

    We know there are other scenarios where a proper NULL()…

  2. VLookup and Inserting Columns: VLookup should increment the col_index_num when you insert a new column in the range.

    When you insert a column and it affects the range referred to by a vlookup, the table range updates but the column index number does not. The column index number should increase with the table range so that the same column is pulled. I can't think of a scenario where inserting columns in a table but not updating the column index is a user's intended course of action.

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    9 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Since the XLOOKUP function is now available in Excel to O365 subscribers, we recommend using it to accomplish what you need to do. With XLOOKUP, there’s no index number. You provide a range reference, so it will automatically adjust if you insert a column that causes the range to move.

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