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Prevent error values from printing in Excel 2002


In previous versions of Excel, you were forced to create custom formatting or formula solutions to avoid displaying worksheet errors like #DIV/0! or #VALUE! when you printed a worksheet. Excel 2002 simplifies things by letting you control how these errors are handled when it comes time to print. You can simply have the offending cells appear blank, or display a substitute string in place of the error.

To take advantage of this feature, select File | Page Setup from the menu bar. Then, click on the Sheet tab. Finally, select one of these choices from the Cell Errors As dropdown list:

Displayed -- #N/A

Click OK when you've finished. Choosing Displayed prints the original error value, while the other choices replace the errors with blanks, dashes, or #N/A placeholders.



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