Formula coding problem date value and text value

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Hi, please would you be able to help clean up my spread sheet? I have a problem with this code (=IF(B$2>=C4,"Send Reminder","Not Required") It doesnt allow me to leave cells without data blank, i.e instead of a blank I still get "Send Reminder". Also I would like some code to clean me spreadsheet up, when using a static date and the current date you get a value, if one of those cells are blank the software still reads it as a number "0" which leads to a negative date value, leaving the spreadsheet looking messy until a date value is plugged in. It would be a massive help if you could lead me in the right direction or solve these issues with any spare time you have. much appreciated for any assistance.

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The "right direction" certainly is to test a cell for content before you use its value. The simplest test is


=IF($C4="",[do nothing],[do whatever])

You may implement this test in your formula.

=IF($C4="","",IF($C4<B$2,"Send reminder","Not required"))

Instead of testing for null strings you can also test for zero and, of course, you may always reverse, such as testing for <>"" or non-zero.

Please observe that I reversed your logic of comparing C4 with B2. For better readability the variable should always be tested against the constant, writing the variable first.

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I'm at dummy level so this help is greatly appreciated,
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Beat101 (rep: 2) Aug 13, '18 at 6:13 am
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