"Function Not Valid" - Getting Rid of the "@" symbol

Discussion in 'Microsoft Excel Worksheet Functions' started by Vienna, Jul 23, 2004.

  1. Vienna

    Vienna Guest

    Is there a way I can just type "@sometext" in a cell in
    Excel? Every time I do this, I receive an error message
    saying "That Function is Not Valid". It seems to
    interpret the "@" symbol as some formula shortcut to a
    most recently used formula?

    Thank you in advance.
    Vienna, Jul 23, 2004
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  2. Try formatting the cell as text first. Or precede your entry with an


    @ was used by Lotus 123 like the leading = sign in xl functions.

    is equivalent to

    (And excel wants those Lotus users to convert to excel. So it tries to make
    writing formulas easier--and accepts both @/=)
    Dave Peterson, Jul 23, 2004
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  3. Vienna

    Frank Kabel Guest

    enter your text with a preceding apostrophe.e.g.
    Frank Kabel, Jul 23, 2004
  4. Vienna

    Harlan Grove Guest

    Quibble: @ precedes *ALL* 123 functions. 123 equivaents for Excel's NOW(),
    TODAY(), RAND(), PI() are @NOW, @TODAY, @RAND and @PI *without* trailing
    empty parentheses. The @ specifies a separate name space, so in 123 it's
    perfectly OK to give ranges names like SUM, COUNT, PI, or RAND (not to
    mention really dumb names like A1 or X99, which effectively masks those
    cells unless qualified with worksheet names).

    The leading + was only needed in 123 when the first term in a cell formula
    was a cell address or range name. Formulas beginning with number constants,
    functions or left parentheses didn't need leading +s.
    Harlan Grove, Jul 24, 2004
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