Divide a number in a cell by another number in another cell and returns answer

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I simply divide a number which I store in one cell by another number in another cell by this simple formule : =LC(-2)/LC(-1)

All data types are numbers but I constantly get #value! error and I have no idea why because in windows I have no problem with exactly the same formula but on my mac with 16.65 version I get this error

could someone please help me with that issue

thank you in advance for your help


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@SiaVasH72 It looks like you use a non-English version of Excel, so it's difficult to know what you mean. Perhaps =LC[-2]/LC[-1]

@SiaVasH72  wrote:  ``All data types are numbers but I constantly get #value! error``


If it were simply a syntax error in the expression =LC(-2)/LC(-1), I believe you would get a pop-up message similar to the following, not a #VALUE error.




Whatever LC(-2) and LC(-1) (sic) refer to, I suspect that the #VALUE error means that Excel does not recognize one or both of those values as numeric.


The format of the cells do not matter; and looks can be deceiving.


Use formulas of the form =ISTEXT(A1) to determine if the type of the cell values are indeed text.


And use =ISNUMBER(1*A1) to determine if Excel can interpret the text as numeric.  (That would be okay.)


Assuming that the problem is indeed that one or both cell values are text that Excel does not recognize as numeric, the reason that it works on a different computer might be due to the system confirguration.


For example, 1,23 might be recognized as 1 and 23/100 on one computer, but not on another computer because it expects 1.23 (period vs comma for the decimal point).


If you still cannot figure it out, we might need to see an example Excel file that demonstrates the problem.


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@Joe User 

Thank you so much for your answer

The problem was that Excel on my Mac considered comma instead of point for decimals 

I am always using point for my decimals and I never had the problem and that is why I couldn’t figure out what is the problem 

anyway thank you so much