Information about Circular reference

Published on March 9, 2014

Author: prashantdpatke

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But wait, just when you press enter after writing the formulas, Excel would scream bloody and curse your entire family for having a circular reference in your worksheet. Enabling Iterative Calculation Mode You must enable what they call iterative calculation mode before the formulas work. For this we must go to Excel Options. In latest versions of Excel, Click on Office button Go to Excel Options, this is analogous to opening the bonnet of your car, but just a bit more confusing. Locate the “Formulas” on the left, click on it Now, check the “Enable iterative calculation”. This way you are telling Excel to evaluate references iteratively, up to 100 times (default). Click ok, close the bonnet. That is all. In per-historic versions of Excel, Go to Menu > Tools > Options > Calculation Tab Check Iterative Calculation box. (see image) Once you do this, your formulas will work nicely and you will find that the required charity donation to be made. How to avoid Circular References? As you can understand circular references are a pain in cell. You may want to get rid of them altogether. Thankfully, with careful inspection and a mug of coffee, you can reduce most circular references to simple formulas. For eg, in the above case, we can calculate charity amount directly by

using the following equations. But, keep in mind that, in few cases, circular references may be required. For eg. if you want to add timestamps to your workbook. How to locate Circular References? Do you know that you can find all the circular references in a workbook? Whenever you see circular reference warning message, just go to formula ribbon and click on error checking options. You can see all the circular references there.

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