# KnowledgeBase Archive

## Q105639: WD97: Formula in Table Includes Number from Heading Row

``````Article: Q105639
Product(s): Word 97 for Windows
Version(s): WINDOWS:97
Operating System(s):

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- Microsoft Word 97 for Windows
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SYMPTOMS
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In Word 97 for Windows, if you have a table that contains a row marked as
Headings, the formula =SUM(Above) or =AVERAGE(Above) incorrectly includes the
value from the heading row cell from the first page into the calculation.

This occurs even if the cell in the heading row of the table contains text and a
number.

CAUSE
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Word includes values from the heading row in the calculation.

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When Word searches for contiguous cells, it starts at the formula cell and
continues up until it finds the first cell containing a number. It then
calculates up until it encounters a blank cell, a cell containing text only, or
a cell containing mixed text and numbers above the last cell that contains a
number only.

The following are some examples where the formula results are incorrect and
others where the results are correct.

Sample Table with Formulas
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|      1      |     Two     |    No. 3    |      4      |
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|      2      |      2      |      2      |             |
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|      3      |      3      |   row 3     |      3      |
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|{=SUM(Above)}|{=SUM(Above)}|{=SUM(Above)}|{=SUM(Above)}|
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Sample Table with Results
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|      1      |     Two     |    No. 3    |      4      |
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|      2      |      2      |      2      |             |
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|      3      |      3      |  row  3     |      3      |
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|      6      |      5      |      8      |      3      |
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Row 1 of the sample table is formatted as a heading row (select the row and click

Result of row 4, column 1:

- The result of the formula includes the numeric value of the heading for that
column.

Result of row 4, column 2:

- The result of the formula includes the set of contiguous cells that contain
numeric values.

Result of row 4, column 3:

- The result of the formula includes the numeric value of the heading and the
value of row 3, column 3.

NOTE: The value in a cell containing a numeric value mixed with text is only
included with the formula result if Word encounters it before the first cell
containing only a number (Word calculates from the formula upwards).

Result of row 4, column 4:

- The result of the formula does not include the heading for that column
because there is a blank cell above the last cell containing only numbers.

Additional query words: sum total calculate 8.0 8.00

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Keywords          : kbualink97 winword word97 kbtable
Technology        : kbWordSearch kbWord97 kbWord97Search kbZNotKeyword2
Version           : WINDOWS:97
Issue type        : kbbug

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