This is Excel 2016.
I am using a workbook to manage some personal workflow tracking and I have toggles that mark H column cells as "True", "False" or having a zero character string ("") and I can not get the cell formula to see "" as "" for the purposes of clearing out the working cell.
I am using this currently
But it does not work.
but if H is blank or contains a zero character string it doesn't print a zero character string, or alter the contents of the cell containing the formula at all the cell remains containing whatever the last thing printed to it was. HOWEVER the conditional formatting applied to the entire row does still turn it blue and the reference cell is the rows H column cell and the reference it checks is for "". So it is clearly seeing "" in that cell otherwise the conditional formatting wouldn't apply.
Given that I use the exact same cell state detection to set conditional formatting for the cell and with the conditional formatting formula it DOES see H as a zero character string I know Excel is recognizing the H as having a zero character string.
This is what I use to change the row-in-question's formatting for each of the 3 states and you can see in the pictures that is is clearly functioning.
This does apply the conditional formatting to the desired cell when I use the toggle to print a zero character string to H so I know the toggle is actually printing a zero character string to H and Excel is seeing it as containing a zero character string so why doesn't my cell formula that relies on the exact same state also trigger?