Excel Formula Bug

Red_Dog

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Recently my version of Excel has gone nuts as it will not allow me to do simple forulmas such as sumif or countif. :cry:

For example, when creating a countif forumula, the default structure would be something along the lines of COUNTIF(range, criteria). However for some reason when following this structure I receive error messages.

While typing the forumlas in Excel, the formula prompt shows the formula structure as being COUNTIF(range criteria) - i.e the "," is missing between the fields.

I've tried to perform a detect & repair but without any luck. Does anyone out there now how to fix this problem? How can I get Excel to recognise "," again in the forumulas?

Thanks
 

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Red_Dog

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I was just trying to do simple forumlas such as sumif, countif & if statements - anything really with more than one variable in the formula.

I am running on Windows XP.

the normal type of windows promt would read countif(range, criteria), however the prompt on my PC has the "," missing, i.e. it reads countif(range criteria).

When I enter the forumula correctly it still does not work - this is really bugging me now as this has only been like this for a few days now.

Even all my old formulas don't function correctly anymore.

Please give me any tips.

Thanks
 

Aladin Akyurek

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I was just trying to do simple forumlas such as sumif, countif & if statements - anything really with more than one variable in the formula.

I am running on Windows XP.

the normal type of windows promt would read countif(range, criteria), however the prompt on my PC has the "," missing, i.e. it reads countif(range criteria).

When I enter the forumula correctly it still does not work - this is really bugging me now as this has only been like this for a few days now.

Even all my old formulas don't function correctly anymore.

Please give me any tips.

Thanks

Try...

=COUNTIF(A2:A8;2)

in case your list separator is not comma.

Check also Control Panel > Reginoal and Language Options, in particular the List Separator.
 

Red_Dog

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Hi Aladin

Thanks for your help - I have managed to spot the problem. :LOL:

For some reason my list seperator had been modified in my Control Panel.

Happy Days!! :p
 

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