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I have a spreadsheet with invoice amounts. Each amount is a link to the given invoice. Can I use sum() and value() (or any other functions) to somehow use the displayed value for sum() (and not the actual hyperlink)?

Update: Sample Spreadsheet

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Best is to share a doc with us and show us the expected outcome. – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Mar 9 '14 at 21:27
@JacobJanTuinstra Good idea, added. Thanks! – Mbrevda Mar 9 '14 at 21:35
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Yes, but you have to use an Array Formula, like this:


I took the liberty to edit your Sample spreadsheet.

You can write


and press ctrl + shft + enter to make it an Array formula.

About array formulas (from here):

"Single-cell" array formulas let you write formulas with array inputs, instead of array outputs. When you wrap a formula inside an =ARRAYFORMULA function, you can pass arrays and ranges to functions and operators that usually only take non-array arguments. Those functions and operators will apply to each entry in the arrays one at a time, and return a new array with all of the outputs.

It basically runs a function which only takes one cell (in this case the value-function) and runs it on every cell in the range.

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Awesome! Can you please explain what ArrayFormula() dose? – Mbrevda Mar 9 '14 at 22:07
Sure, I edited my answer. – Punchlinern Mar 9 '14 at 22:11
Perfect, thanks! – Mbrevda Mar 9 '14 at 22:11
+1; Nice way to use the ARRAYFORMULA – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Mar 10 '14 at 6:53

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