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Why arent my formulas in excel automatically updating I

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Why aren't my formulas in excel automatically updating?

I close the excel files the formulas look like this and auto update:

=AVERAGE('[Belvedere.xlsx]Output 1- All n NonBUB'!$C$9,'[Belvedere.xlsx]Output 1- All n NonBUB'!$C$31,'[Belvedere.xlsx]Output 2- Series'!$C$31)

When I close the windows and reopen the file path name is XXXXX XXXXX formula above and it isn't auto updating... Then for some reason if I add another formula to the sheet, the file path disappears from the mae and it auto updates again.

What is the process here?

Thanks.
Dave
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Programming
Expert:  zerohex replied 7 years ago.
Hi Dave,
It sounds like you do not have "auto updating" turned on in Excel setup.
If you let me know what version you're using, I can tell you exactly how to turn it on.

Thanks for your question,
/Zerohex
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
excel 2007
Expert:  zerohex replied 7 years ago.
Hi Dave,
Try this: Click the Office Button > Excel options (at bottom) > Formulas (left menu) > Under Calculation options > Automatic

Let me know if that works for you.

Thanks,
/Zerohex
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
It already is selected. What does "Enable Iterative Calcualiton" mean
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

This is what my formulas look like:

 

=AVERAGE('C:\Documents and Settings\David\My Documents\Real Estate\HomeValuator\Spreadsheet\Towns\[Kentfield.xlsx]Output 1- All n NonBUB'!B16,'C:\Documents and Settings\David\My Documents\Real Estate\HomeValuator\Spreadsheet\Towns\[Kentfield.xlsx]Output 1- All n NonBUB'!B38,'C:\Documents and Settings\David\My Documents\Real Estate\HomeValuator\Spreadsheet\Towns\[Kentfield.xlsx]Output 2- Series'!K45)

 

It has the file path in the name... is this normal?

Thanks.

Expert:  zerohex replied 7 years ago.
Hi Dave,
Here's a page a Microsoft Support page on 'Iterative Calculations.' Basically that option tells Excel whether to calcualte circular references or return an error in that field.

In the Advanced section of Excel Options, be sure that 'Update Links To Other Documents' is checked.

Also, to answer your path question: Yes, full paths are included incase the linked spreadsheets are in different folders.

/Zerohex

Expert:  zerohex replied 7 years ago.
Dave,
Here's the link I forgot to include in the response above: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel/HP100662431033.aspx

Any luck with your problem?

/Zerohex
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