How to Ignore Error Values When Calculating the Average in Excel

This post will guide you how to ignore error values when getting average for a range of cells in Excel. How do I average a range of cells ignoring error values, such as: #div/0!.

Assuming that you have a list of range of cells that you want to calculate the average of those cells which including error values , such as: #div/0 or #NAME?, etc. When you use the Average function to calculate those cells, you will get an error result. So How to handle this in Excel.

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If you want to ignoring any errors that might exist in the given range, you can use AVERAGEIF function or AVERAGE function with IF function to achieve the result. Like this:







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Note: The second and third formula need to press Ctrl + Shift +  Enter keys, as those formulas are Array Formula. A1:C4 is the data range that you wish to average. And you need to change it as you need.

Let’s see how the first formula works: the AVERAGEIF function can be used to calculate an average of numeric values with one or more criteria for a given range. And In this example, the criteria is the expression “>=0”, it will filter out all error values, and just to calculate the positive numeric values in the given range.


Related Functions

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    The Excel IF function perform a logical test to return one value if the condition is TRUE and return another value if the condition is FALSE. The IF function is a build-in function in Microsoft Excel and it is categorized as a Logical Function.The syntax of the IF function is as below:= IF (condition, [true_value], [false_value])….
  • Excel AVERAGE function
    The Excel AVERAGE function returns the average of the numbers that you provided.The syntax of the AVERAGE function is as below:=AVERAGE (number1,[number2],…)….
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    The Excel AVERAGEAIF function returns the average of all numbers in a range of cells that meet a given criteria.The syntax of the AVERAGEIF function is as below:= AVERAGEIF (range, criteria, [average_range])….
  • Excel IFERROR function
    The Excel IFERROR function returns an alternate value you specify if a formula results in an error, or returns the result of the formula.The syntax of the IFERROR function is as below:= IFERROR (value, value_if_error)….
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