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Chapter 8. Building a Worksheet with Excel > Correcting Calculation Errors

Correcting Calculation Errors

When Excel finds a possible error in a calculation, it displays a green triangle in the upper left corner of the cell. If Excel can't complete a calculation, it displays an error message, such as “#DIV/0!” You can use the Error smart tag to help you fix the problem. In a complex worksheet, it can be difficult to understand the relationships between cells and formulas. Auditing tools enable you to clearly determine these relationships. When the Auditing feature is turned on, it uses a series of arrows to show you which cells are part of which formulas. When you use the auditing tools, tracer arrows point out cells that provide data to formulas and the cells that refer to the cells. A box is drawn around the range of cells that provide data to formulas.

Review and Correct Errors

Select a cell that contains a green triangle in the upper left corner.

Click the Error Smart Tag button.

Click one of the troubleshooting options. (Menu options vary depending on the error.)

  • To have Excel fix the error, click one of the available options specific to the error.

  • To find out more about an error, click Help On This Error.

  • To remove the error alert, click Ignore Error.

  • To fix the error manually, click Edit In Formula Bar.


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