Automatic Recalculation Not Happening

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 21, 2008)

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If you are using Excel 97, you may have a problem with recalculating your worksheets and not even know it! Apparently, both Excel 97 and Excel 97 SR1 have problems--under certain conditions--doing complete recalculations of the worksheet. While the problem only crops up in certain situations, it was widespread enough that Microsoft issued a patch for the problem.

You can find more information about this issue, as well as information on how to download the proper patch, in Knowledge Base article Q174868. This can be found at this address:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;174868

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2018-09-17 12:24:07

Neil

Thanks Allen, very helpful! This has been one of the most frustrating things about working with Excel for me. I imagine I am out of luck only wanting to undo actions in a certain tab in a workbook when other tabs have been edited in the interim.


2018-09-17 10:44:33

Doug Drury

I have an issue with multiple instances of excel opening all the time, but I don't want multiple instances opening. We haven't been able to figure out why I do end up with multiple instances when I open workbooks double clicking on the workbook name in windows explorer, opening a pinned workbook from the start bar, or opening a workbook being sent to me via email. Any thoughts on what could be causing this or things to check?


2018-09-15 22:32:49

Alex B

Most people I have seen using multiple instances just seem to get themselves into trouble, when they find they can't move/copy sheets between workbooks; copy data between workbooks and find they only have the external copy options (not formulas, values etc); try to do a lookup or other formula to a sheet in another instance and can't. Often not realising they are working across instances.


2018-09-15 08:19:07

Willy Vanhaelen

You can also launch a second or next instance of Excel by holding down Shift and clicking the Ecel button on the taskbar.


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