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Excel Circular Reference Warning

Posted on 2010-03-23
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I just had this excel model sent to me by an associate saying that it takes 10min+ to run calculations. I see there are circular references which are causing the problem. Is there anything we can do to speed up the process. Unfortunately the circular references are necesarry - Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks - SJMP
Question by:sparkis
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE) earned 2000 total points
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Hello sparkis,

without seeing the workbook, there is not much advice I can give. In general, try to make the formulas as lean as possible, address only used ranges instead of whole columns or rows, avoid volatile formulas, avoid slow calculating formulas like arrays and Sumproducts.

A much better overview of how to speed up calculation in Excel 2007 is here: Many of these tips also apply to Excel 2003. It's a worthwhile read!


cheers, teylyn

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Thank teyln. The users is experiencing the problem when hitting f9 so I assume there is no quicker way. Is there anyway I can tell Excel to only calculate the changes - as referenced in the doc you provided. But it only mentions f9, and that is what we are doing. I cannot send the model for obvous reasons but maybe you can offer some suggestions based on the info below:

Here are the two formula's located in the cell's that are the problem


Of course these formulas are reperted on every row from A through CK.
And Excel is saying inconsistent formula. referencing =-SUM(CK63:CK64)
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these formulas look fine to me. There are no circular references in these formulas directly. But there could be circular references in E235, E236, C237 and E63 and E64.

Can you post the formulas for these cells?

cheers, teylyn

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E235  =IF(E$229=$B234,$C235,D238)

E236  =IF($C235=0,0,MIN(IF(E235/$C235<='Summary & Assumptions'!$I$32,-E235,-$C235*'Summary & Assumptions'!$I$33/12),

C237 ='Summary & Assumptions'!$H$35

E63  = E12 (E12 is =E16*'Summary & Assumptions'!$I$15)
E64  = E11 (E11 is ='Fleet Inputs'!E657)
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The formula for E236 above seems to be incomplete. Again, I can not spot any circular references.

Have you worked with the Circular Reference toolbar to highlight precendents and dependents for a circular reference?

cheers, teylyn

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