If A1 contains the #N/A error, ISNA returns TRUE: ISNA returns FALSE for other values and errors: You can use the ISNA function with the IF function test for #N/A and display a friendly message if the error occurs. For example, to display a message if A1 contains #N/A and the value of A1 if not: The IFNA function is a more efficient way to trap the #N/A error. See VLOOKUP without NA error for an example.

Return #N/A

To explicitly return the #N/A error in a formula, you can use the NA function: The following will return true:

Count #N/A errors

To count cells in a range that contain #N/A errors, you can use the SUMPRODUCT function like this: The double negative coerces the TRUE and FALSE results from ISNA into 1s and 0s and SUMPRODUCT sums the result.


The IFNA function is a more efficient way to trap and handle the #N/A error.

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