In MS-Excel we have below functions return errors:


I think about what is the complete error massage, which each one are represents?

Of course, seams the #N/A one is abbreviation of two words. What is "N" and "A" looking for?

  • What is "N" and "A" looking for? Not Available. – Akina Dec 7 '18 at 6:53
  • The title indicates this is just about #N/A. The body suggests that you might be asking about all of the error messages. This information is readily available in Excel help or with a Google search. Can you clarify what you're looking for that is unclear? – fixer1234 Dec 7 '18 at 8:17
  • @fixer1234Specially I need reference for What is #N/A stands for? and I bring the list of the Excel errors with special note at #N/A meaning need. Regards. – mgae2m Dec 9 '18 at 14:16
  • @Akina, Please bring a reference for this mean. @ fixer1234, I so studied some general helps and did search in google, bot nothing found about the "What is #N/A stands for". If you now, please prefer a reference. Regards. – mgae2m Dec 9 '18 at 14:21

Each Error has a meaning & reason.

For example:

#N/A, stands for Not Available and indicates that, the Formula cannot finds the referenced data.

#Ref!, is Reference and indicates that the reference is invalid.

For more information and better understanding check the following Web links.



  • @fixer1234,, it's good idea to include some basic infos along with links,, this is very first time I've used links, since I've found with many answers. ☺ – Rajesh S Dec 7 '18 at 8:32
  • Regards you, Please prefer a reference for Not Available is what is #N/A stands for. yours. – mgae2m Dec 9 '18 at 14:22
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    @mgae2m: exceljet.net/excel-functions/excel-na-function. What the error codes represent is well documented. The abbreviations Microsoft chose are arbitrary. N/A is generally assumed to be derived from "Not Available". Beyond that, only Microsoft can say the actual basis on which the abbreviations were selected. – fixer1234 Dec 9 '18 at 23:19
  • Very truly yours, with best regards. – mgae2m Dec 10 '18 at 4:12
  • @mgae2m,, glad to help you,, keep asking ☺ – Rajesh S Dec 10 '18 at 5:49

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