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[Excel] Expressions that yield variant data-type cannot be used to define calculated columns.

Hi experts,

 

I'm getting this strange error in Excel Power Pivot:

 

Expressions that yield variant data-type cannot be used to define calculated columns.

 

Now if I look at the columns that have this error, the formula is simple:

IFERROR([NTK], 0)

 

However in my case [NTK] column is all empty, and when I check the imported data all columns have "General" type but only NTK has this problem. Other columns have empty cells too so I don't think that's the problem.

 

I really have no idea what to do about this weird thing, but alas I cannot upload my Excel file, and a dummy file probably won't work out.

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Re: [Excel] Expressions that yield variant data-type cannot be used to define calculated columns.

Hi @markus_zhang,

 

This error prompts when there existing two different data types in formula. In your scenario, you used both number value (zero 0 ) and text value ( [NTK] ) in  single column.

 

You can replace the 0 with BLANK() or "" to avoid such an error.

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Best regards,

Yuliana Gu

Community Support Team _ Yuliana Gu
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Re: [Excel] Expressions that yield variant data-type cannot be used to define calculated columns.

Hi I figured it out,

 

=[NTK] works but =IFERROR([NTK], 0) doesn't work, weird...

Community Support Team
Community Support Team

Re: [Excel] Expressions that yield variant data-type cannot be used to define calculated columns.

Hi @markus_zhang,

 

This error prompts when there existing two different data types in formula. In your scenario, you used both number value (zero 0 ) and text value ( [NTK] ) in  single column.

 

You can replace the 0 with BLANK() or "" to avoid such an error.

 1.PNG2.PNG3.PNG

 

Best regards,

Yuliana Gu

Community Support Team _ Yuliana Gu
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.