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This section provides a summary of the most common mistakes people make when creating formulas in Excel and solutions to fix them.
As you know, the arguments of Excel functions are entered within the parentheses.
So, whenever you are writing a formula for numerical values, follow this simple rule: don't enclose numbers in double quotes unless you want them to be treated as text.
When using a number in an Excel formula, don't add any decimal separator or currency sign like $ or €.
Numbers formatted as text values are another common reason for Excel formulas not working.
At first sight, they look like normal numbers, but Microsoft Excel perceives them as text strings and leaves out of calculations.
Some functions also have optional arguments, which are enclosed in [square brackets] in the formula's syntax.
When creating such a formula, be sure to pair the parentheses properly so that you always have a right parenthesis for every left parenthesis in your formula.
As soon as you remove "" surrounding 1 and 0 in the above formula, Excel will treat the outputs as numbers and they will be calculated correctly.
If the small green triangles do not appear in cells for some other reason, look at the Number Format box on the .
Microsoft Excel displays the parentheses pairs in different colors as you enter them in a formula.
If your formula is short of one or more parentheses, Excel displays an error message and suggests a correction to balance the pairs.
At first sight, the following formula appears to be working fine: But the problem is the returned 1's and 0's are text values, not numbers!