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8 Most Common Excel Errors and How to Fix Them!!!

With the help of Excel Formulas, you would be able to perform some rather complex computations/tasks. But you will certainly meet with Excel errors in them. There are many reasons that will cause formula errors in Excel. For example, you are not familiar with the syntax of a certain function, or there is something wrong with the referred cells, etc. , then they result in Excel errors.

In this article, we will demonstrate the 8 Excel errors regarding formulas. Hopefully, after going through the article, you will know the cause of the errors and the solutions to get rid of it.

Before we go over the errors and tips, we wanted to share a few helpful tricks we’ve learned from our experiences. These precautionary lessons are designed to help you avoid formula errors in Excel altogether, making your life a whole lot easier:

• Begin every formula with an equal sign.
• Use the * symbol to multiply numbers, not an X.
• Match all opening and closing parentheses so that they are in pairs.
• Use a colon to indicate a range.
• Use quotation marks around the text in formulas.
• Enter all required arguments for a function.
• Enter the correct type of arguments (i.e., type of data formats).
• Enclose other sheet names in single quotation marks.
• Place an exclamation point (!) after a worksheet name when you refer to it in a formula.
• Keep your data entry and formula cells separate.
• Names (i.e., Name Ranges) & Table Names shouldn’t conflict with cell references.
• Enforce data entry rules with Data Validation.
• Keep the formula short and simple.
• Enter numbers without formatting – i.e., Don’t type a comma or provide space while entering a number.
• Avoid Long numbers (> 11 digits).

Why Excel Error Messages Appear

When you use functions in Excel, they expect their inputs to have certain characteristics. For example, when you use SUM to add cells together, Excel assumes that the references are numbers. Whenever Excel doesn’t find what it expects, it will return an error message. Excel alerts those errors by putting different symbols in the cell.

List of Common Excel Error Values:

Excel errors use several error values, all of which begin with the number sign (#). Listed below are common error values displayed by Excel, along with some common causes and solutions to help correct the problem.

Note:

If you manually enter an error value directly in a cell, it is stored as that error value but is not marked as an error. However, if a formula in another cell contains a reference to that cell, the formula returns the error value from that cell.

When a formula yields an error value (other than #N/A) in a cell, Excel displays a green triangular error indicator in the upper left corner of cells. The green triangle indicates that the cell contents violate one of Excel’s error checking rules.

When you select a cell that contains a green triangle, the Trace Error Button, appears next to the cell in which the formula error occurs. The Trace Error button is a yellow diamond is Excel’s error options button and it contains options for correcting the perceived error.

Hovering the mouse pointer over the error options button displays a text message, known as hover text, that explains the reason for the error value.

• Help on This Error: Opens an Excel Help window with information on the type of error value in the active cell and how to correct it.
• Show Calculation Steps: Opens the Evaluate Formula dialog box where you can walk through each step in the calculation to see the result of each computation.
• Ignore Error: Bypasses error checking for this cell and removes the error alert and Error options button from it.
• Edit in Formula Bar: Activates Edit mode and puts the insertion point at the end of the formula on the Formula bar.
• Error Checking Options: Opens the Formulas tab of the Excel Options dialog box, where you can modify the options used in checking the worksheet for formula errors.

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