In this example, the IFERROR function is used to trap and suppress the #DIV/0! error that occurs when there is no value for Orders (column D). Without IFERROR, the formula C5/D5 would display a #DIV/0! error in E6 and E9.
The IFERROR function takes two arguments: a value (usually entered as a formula), and a result to display if the formula returns an error. The second argument is only used if the first argument throws an error.
In this case, the first argument is the simple formula for calculating the average order size, which divides total sales by the order count:
The second argument is entered as an empty string ("").
When the formula returns a normal result, the result is displayed.
When the formula returns #DIV/0!, an empty string is returned and nothing is displayed.
When VLOOKUP can't find a value in a lookup table, it returns the #N/A error. The IFERROR function allows you to catch errors and return your own custom value when there is an error. If VLOOKUP returns a value normally, there is no error and the...
The Excel IFERROR function returns a custom result when a formula generates an error, and a standard result when no error is detected. IFERROR is an elegant way to trap and manage errors without using more complicated nested IF statements.
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