A number of Excel errors appear to arise again and again in different spreadsheets.
Therefore, this page has been created to discuss some of the most commonly encountered Excel errors, and to show you how to go about identifying the underlying problems, and fixing the errors.
If Excel is able to detect a mistake in your formula, there are a number of Excel error types (eg. #NULL!, #DIV/0!), that may be generated, to indicate different Excel errors. This provides you with information about the cause of the problem. Therefore if you understand what each of the Excel error codes means, you are halfway to fixing the problem.
Click on the link below, to learn more about each of the Excel formula error messages, and to find out how to go about fixing the associated errors.
|Excel Formula Error Types||Descriptions and examples of the different Excel formula error messages|
The table below lists some of the more frequently encountered Excel errors, when working with functions and formulas. Click on the associated link for information on why each error might have arisen, and how to resolve the problem.
|Cell Contents Show #####||After inputting a formula, your Excel cell displays a string of # symbols|
|Cell Contents Show a Date or Time||The result of your formula appears to be shown as a date or a time, when you were expecting an integer or other value|
|Failure to Look Up Values||You can't figure out why your Lookup function is failing to find the requested lookup value - you can see that the value is in the lookup range, but Excel doesn't seem to be able to 'see' it|
|Function Won't Copy Down to Other Rows||
Your function works in the first cell but produces the
|Excel Won't Calculate My Function||You enter a function into a cell but when you press return the function fails to calculate - instead, either the function itself, or a previous function value, is displayed|
If your Excel problem doesn't fit into one of the above categories, it is a good idea to request help on one of the popular Excel forums. For example, the forum on the mrexcel.com website has several knowledgeable and helpful Excel contributors, who are generally very keen to answer Excel queries.