We’ll use the example dataset, which includes information on Region, Product, Quantity Price, and Sales. There are some blank cells in the **Quantity **column, which means we receive a zero in the **Sales **column. We’ll make these cells blank instead.

## How to Set a Cell to Blank in Formula in Excel: 6 Ways

### Method 1 – Set a Cell to Blank Using the IF Function

We want to calculate the **Sales **by multiplying **Price **and **Quantity**. When we do so, we get the result as follows. We will calculate **Sales **and return a blank cell if the cell value is lower than **$2,000**.

**Steps:**

- Click on cell
**F5**and insert the following formula.

`=IF((D5*E5)>2000,D5*E5,"")`

- Hit Enter.

- Drag down the Fill Handle to AutoFill the rest of the series.

**Read More:** Formula to Return Blank Cell instead of Zero in Excel

### Method 2 – Set a Cell to Blank with IF and ISBLANK

**Steps:**

- Click on cell
**F5**and insert the following formula.

`=IF(ISBLANK(D5),"",D5*E5)`

- Hit Enter.

- Drag down the Fill Handle to
**AutoFill**for the rest of the series.

**The ISBLANK **function will first determine whether the **Quantity **column has a blank cell. If it does, IF won’t even calculate the value of the cell.

### Method 3 – Use the IFERROR Function to Set a Cell to Blank in Excel

We are given **Sales **and **Quantity**. We want to determine the **price **of each product. We can simply divide **Sales **by **Quantity**. But when we do so, we get **errors **since there are empty prices.

**Steps:**

- Click on cell
**F5**and insert the following formula.

`=IFERROR(D5/E5,"")`

- Hit Enter.

- Drag down to
**AutoFill**rest of the series.

### Method 4 – Set a Cell to Blank in Formula Using the ISERROR in IF Function

**Steps:**

- Insert the following formula in Cell
**F5**.

`=IF(ISERROR(D5/E5),"",D5/E5)`

- Hit Enter.

- Drag down the Fill Handle to
**AutoFill**the rest of the series.

### Method 5 – Using the IFNA Function to Set a Cell to Blank

We have a data set and want to extract the results of product prices with VLOOKUP. However, not all products exist in the dataset.

**Steps:**

- Insert the following formula in cell
**G5**.

`=IFNA(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$4:$D$12,3,FALSE),"")`

**Formula Explained**

**VLOOKUP(F5,$B$4:$D$12,3,FALSE) →**returns the price of Mouse (value of**F5**) from the 3rd column of the**B4:D12**range.

** Output** → 50

**IFNA(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$4:$D$12,3,FALSE),””) →**becomes**IFNA(50,””)**

** Output → **50 (since the value was not N/A)

- Hit Enter.

- Drag down to
**AutoFill**the series.

### Method 6 – Set a Cell to Blank Using the Format Option

**Steps:**

- Select the desired range you want to format and go to the
**Home**tab. - Click on the
**small arrow**in the Number section or press**Ctrl + 1**.

- Go to
**Custom.** - Insert the following format in the
**Type**bar.

`0;-0;;@`

- Click
**OK**.

## Practice Section

We’ve attached a practice workbook where you can practice these methods.

**Download the Practice Workbook**

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The entire premise of this article is a lie. At no point do you insert a blank cell or blank out a cell. You are inserting an empty string into those cells. Which means that the exported values from those excel sheets will include entire rows of those empty cells, which is not desired. As far as I’m aware, Excel offers now way to actually blank out a cell and it is a huge issue for me.

Hi Jeff, so sorry for your unfortunate situation. But the formulas are structured in such ways that it returns empty strings if only certain criteria are met. It won’t result in entire rows or columns being empty.

Agree with Jeff, none of these options make the cell a properly blank cell. Easily verifiable by using a formula like =COUNTA(range). This will also count the cells made ‘blank’ by inserting the empty string “”.

Hi Eric, the COUNTA function counts all the cells including empty strings. It ignores a cell only if there was no value entered or you have deleted it completely (pressing delete or erasing the entire cell value).

But if you use the COUNTBLANK function to count the same range, you will find that the empty strings will indeed are being counted as blank values.

Excel is weird.

| A | B |

1 | =”” | =ISBLANK(A1) |

2 | | =COUNTBLANK(A1:A2) |

Try this and see what you get: apparently A1 is NOT blank, but it counts as blank!

I agree with the other commenters — the lack of a way to programmatically set a blank value has caused me much extra work over the years.

The only way I have discovered to actually insert a blank value is to use one of the formulas the author proposes (that is, the result is an empty string – “”), BUT IN AN ADJACENT COLUMN to where I want the final value. Then, copy the results of that column, and “Paste Special -> Values” (that is, right click and choose Paste Special, then select Values) into the column where I need actual blank cells. So far, this has worked.

Hello DQNOK,

Thank you for your feedback.

I agree with all the other commenters. If you try to use any of these cells that you set to “blank” in a formula where you check to see if the cell is blank or not and they all evaluate to NOT BLANK!

Hi Penny,

If you check to see if the cells are blank or not then they will be evaluated as not blank because the cells contain formula. If you need blank cells then you can follow these steps.

Step-01:In aHelper Columnuse any of the formulas from this article. But instead of an empty string (`""`

) write a letter or a special character (`"#"`

) in the formula.`=IF((D5*E5)>2000,D5*E5,”#”)`

Step-02:Copy the values from theHelper Columnand Paste them asValueswhere you want the final output.Step-03:PressCtrl+Hand theFind and Replacedialog box will appear. Replace#with nothing and you will get your blank cells.Finally, if you check the cells, then you will see the cells are blank.

I have shared the necessary images for your convenience. I hope this will solve your problem. Please let me know if you have other queries.

Thanks!

Agree with all the others – the lack of a way to set a cell value to TRULY blank is a major pain. Leads to workarounds like those stated – i.e., copy and “Paste Values” – manual steps that you have to repeat every time, e.g., you update a live data source into a worksheet. Major pain. Author keeps trying to dance around it , but at the end of the day, there is no programmatic way to set a cell value to “blank”.

Hi JIM, we are really sorry if these methods cannot help you. Yes, we agree with all of you that empty strings and blank cells are not the same in Excel. We have tried to show some ways to set cells to “seemingly blank” using

Excel formulas.Now, if you need to set cells to absolutely empty (nothing inside cells), sorry Excel formula cannot help you in this regard. But if seemingly blank is enough for you, these formulas work properly.

If you have a specific case, where you need to set cells to truly blank, then let us know at [email protected] with your problem-details and Excel file. We will definitely try to help.

Best regards.

-ExcelDemy Team