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Problem with Adwords Reports in Excel

#VALUE! Errors When Trying to Use Cells

   
4:22 am on Aug 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I save the report in ".csv for Excel". Then in Excel I save the .csv as .xls. Then in XLS I try to work with cells that contain numbers - for example, use the value of some CPC in a formula - and I inevitably get #VALUE! errors. It seems that the numbers are not actually in the numbers format (maybe text)? And that $ values are not actually in Currency format?

This is extremely frustrating. What's the quickest way to fix this on my end?

THANKS.

5:06 am on Aug 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm not any Excel guy, but I did have problems with using arrays in Excel. If you are using them in your formulas, there is a special command when you apply them (“something” + Enter).
Other than that, try with formatting cells before you use the numbers.
Also, try copying data from original CSV and pasting it as “values only” into a new file, and then saving as Excel file version.
I always had a problem with CSVs from some banks (credit cards). Dates would always get messed up and I would have to use some of the upper methods to get them right.
5:50 am on Aug 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I tried changing the format of the dollar values to Currency and it didnt help. Still got the #VALUE! error.
6:16 am on Aug 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Have you tested it with creating a new Excel file and manually entering numbers? Do a simulation. If you get it to work, that will prove your formula is working. If not, don’t bother about Google's CSV, fix the formula.
6:51 am on Aug 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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By formula I mean ANY calculation .. like A2+1 for example, even that doesnt work.
2:26 pm on Aug 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hunh; what report are you running? I just looked at a couple of mine - the cells are formatted, and calculations work just fine.
2:32 am on Aug 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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so noone has the same problem, eh?
6:50 am on Aug 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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the numbers are not actually in the numbers format

It sounds silly, but when only a few lines were involved I solved it by retyping the values.

The better way is this:
I inserted a new colum right of the one with the wrongly formatted values, then entered =VALUE(C5) (where C5 is the cell to the left) in the first line and copied the formula down to the end. The new column now contains numeric values of the column to the left.
Mark all of these new cells and click on "Copy", then click on the edit menu and do a "Paste Special - Values"