You can use the following basic syntax to return a blank cell instead of a zero when using Excel formulas:

=IF(B2/C2=0, "", B2/C2)

This particular formula attempts to divide the value in cell **B2** by the value in cell **C2**.

If the result is zero, then Excel returns a blank. Otherwise, Excel returns the result of **B2** divided by **C2**.

The following example shows how to use this formula in practice.

**Example: Return Blank Cell Instead of Zero in Excel Formula**

Suppose we have the following dataset that shows the total sales and returns for various products:

Suppose we type the following formula into cell **D2** to calculate the return rate for product A:

=B2/C2

If we copy and paste this formula down to every cell in column D, we’ll see that some of the results are equal to zero:

To return a blank value instead of a zero, we can type the following formula into cell **D2**:

=IF(B2/C2=0, "", B2/C2)

We can then copy and paste this formula down to every remaining cell in column D:

Notice that every cell where the formula would return a zero now returns a blank value instead.

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in Excel:

How to Ignore #N/A Values When Using Formulas in Excel

How to Replace #N/A Values in Excel

How to Fix the #NAME Error in Excel