# Wrapping an IFERROR Function Around Your Formulas

**Updated:**03/08/14 • 6 min read

**What This VBA Code Does**

This VBA macro will add an IFERROR function around any cell formula in a given selection. I have coded the IFERROR function to return a blank value if the the formula calculates an error. You can certainly change the macro to make it return a 0 or any other value you wish. This can be used to make your spreadsheets look nicer or to allow sum functions to calculate properly if there is an error in one of the inputs.

```
Sub WrapIfError()
'PURPOSE: Add an IFERROR() Function around all the selected cells' formulas
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com
Dim rng As Range
Dim cell As Range
Dim x As String
'Determine if a single cell or range is selected
If Selection.Cells.Count = 1 Then
Set rng = Selection
If Not rng.HasFormula Then GoTo NoFormulas
Else
'Get Range of Cells that Only Contain Formulas
On Error GoTo NoFormulas
Set rng = Selection.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeFormulas)
On Error GoTo 0
End If
'Loop Through Each Cell in Range and add =IFERROR([formula],"")
For Each cell In rng.Cells
x = cell.Formula
cell = "=IFERROR(" & Right(x, Len(x) - 1) & "," & Chr(34) & Chr(34) & ")"
Next cell
Exit Sub
'Error Handler
NoFormulas:
MsgBox "There were no formulas found in your selection!"
End Sub
```

I took the above macro a step further and gave it some flexibility. The following VBA code will cycle through wrapping the IFERROR function around formulas and either making the True output be a zero or a blank value. Just keep running the macro until you get your desired outcome!

```
Sub WrapIfError_v2()
'PURPOSE: Add an IFERROR() Function around all the selected cells' formulas. _
Also handles if IFERROR is already wrapped around formula.
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com
Dim rng As Range
Dim cell As Range
Dim AlreadyIFERROR As Boolean
Dim RemoveIFERROR As Boolean
Dim TestEnd1 As String
Dim TestEnd2 As String
Dim TestStart As String
Dim MyFormula As String
Dim x As String
'Determine if a single cell or range is selected
If Selection.Cells.Count = 1 Then
Set rng = Selection
If Not rng.HasFormula Then GoTo NoFormulas
Else
'Get Range of Cells that Only Contain Formulas
On Error GoTo NoFormulas
Set rng = Selection.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeFormulas)
On Error GoTo 0
End If
'Get formula from First cell in Selected Range
MyFormula = rng(1, 1).Formula
'Create Test Strings To Determine if IFERROR formula has already been added
TestEnd1 = Chr(34) & Chr(34) & ")"
TestEnd2 = ",0)"
TestStart = Left(MyFormula, 9)
'Determine How we want to modify formula
If Right(MyFormula, 3) = TestEnd1 And TestStart = "=IFERROR(" Then
Beg_String = ""
End_String = "0)" '=IFERROR([formula],0)
AlreadyIFERROR = True
ElseIf Right(MyFormula, 3) = ",0)" And TestStart = "=IFERROR(" Then
RemoveIFERROR = True
Else
Beg_String = "=IFERROR("
End_String = "," & Chr(34) & Chr(34) & ")" '=IFERROR([formula],"")
AlreadyIFERROR = False
End If
'Loop Through Each Cell in Range and modify formula
For Each cell In rng.Cells
x = cell.Formula
If RemoveIFERROR = True Then
cell = "=" & Mid(x, 10, Len(x) - 12)
ElseIf AlreadyIFERROR = False Then
cell = Beg_String & Right(x, Len(x) - 1) & End_String
Else
cell = Left(x, Len(x) - 3) & End_String
End If
Next cell
Exit Sub
'Error Handler
NoFormulas:
MsgBox "There were no formulas found in your selection!"
End Sub
```

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