Calculate appearing on the left hand courner

Posted on 2011-05-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-11

I was asked to help someone yesterday with the their the Excel (2003) spreadsheet.  It was a basic sum problem.  I used the sum formula, pressed F9 and for some reason it wouldn't caluclate.  The format was in numbers, and the work calculate appeared in the left hand corner of excel.

Would anyone know what caused this.  I don't have the spreadsheet available to show you.

Question by:greg_c
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    Expert Comment

    It is taking as text value......Is it imported from Access or something? You might want to select that column and from Data -> Text to Column and will solve the issue

    Author Comment

    Nope, I coverted it to numerical data.
    LVL 43

    Expert Comment

    by:Saqib Husain, Syed
    Is calculation in automatic mode or mannual
    Is there a circular reference?

    Author Comment

    Calcualtion was in automatic mode, and there were no circular references
    LVL 85

    Accepted Solution

    What did it return? A formula always tries to calculate if it is entered manually into a cell like that, even if calculation is set to manual.
    For possible reasons for Calculate in the status bar see here:


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    Thank you.

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