Discover the Excel Automatic Calculation Capability!


Microsoft Excel Automatic Calculation feature is an extremely dynamic capability that by default automatically recalculates any changes you make to your Microsoft Excel worksheets.

Sometimes though you may find that due to the complexity and the size of your worksheet, you may want to control when the Microsoft Excel application recalculates your workbook or you may find that you just want a single worksheet to be recalculated.

To control the Excel 2003 Automatic calculation the worksheet, you must first turn the default automatic calculation function to manual.

To turn off the automatic calculation

  • From the Tools menu and select the Options command.
  • From the Options dialog box will displayed, select the Calculation tab.

    Excel options dialog box- Calculation tab



  • Under the Calculation section, select the Manual radio button.
  • Click the OK button.

    Once you are in manual calculation mode, there are two ways you can force the Microsoft Excel to recalculate.

    To use the automatic calculation feature

  • From the Tools menu and select the Options command.
  • From the Options dialog box will displayed, select the Calculation tab and then use either the Calc Now (F9) or Calc Sheet buttons.
  • To recalculate the entire workbook, click on the Calc Now (F9) button
    OR press F9 key.
  • Click on the Calc Sheet button will only update your current worksheet
    OR press Shift + F9.

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