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can auto recalculate be turned off for some cells but not all ?

asked 2015-07-10 20:35:25 +0100

Pete of Ebor gravatar image

I have worked out how to turn auto recaculate on and off by using Tools > Cell Content > Autocalculate, but is it possible to turn off autocalc for a single column / single row / single cell on a sheet while keeping it on for the rest of the sheet ?

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answered 2015-07-12 09:15:04 +0100

pierre-yves samyn gravatar image


The answer (no) has already been given, but it is possible to simulate what you want by a formula. In the following example column B is calculated (A * 2). We want to turn off the automatic calculation for the range B5:B9 (green)


  • E1: TRUE to calculate B5:B9, FALSE not to calculate it (screenshot displays "FAUX" because my interface is in French).
  • C5:C9 copy-paste only the value of B5:B9

The idea is simple if E1 = FALSE, B5:B9 must return the content of C5:C9, otherwise perform the initial calculation (A5:A9 * 2)

Of course one does not change one by one the formulas. Using the Find & Replace:

  • Select B5:B9
  • Edit Find & Replace
  • Search for: (=)(.*)
  • Replace with: =IF(\$E\$1;$2;OFFSET(INDIRECT(ADDRESS(ROW();COLUMN()));0;1))
  • Other options: check,
    • Current selection
    • Regular expressions
  • Click Replace All


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answered 2015-07-12 22:11:04 +0100

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updated 2015-07-12 22:19:30 +0100

The answer by @erAck is surely correct.

Workarounds will exist, however. I think we may even simplify the suggestions by @pierre-yves samyn , at least under the condition of 'Iterative References' being permitted. We then can use a circular reference for keeping a former value. A conditional expression testing a trigger will suspend the recursion and temporarily apply the proper formula for recalculation of the value of the cell concerned if ordered.

See attached example for details.


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answered 2015-07-10 21:07:01 +0100

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And as an answer has to have more than 10 characters I'm adding this otherwise senseless sentence here ;-)

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