How to Fix a Circular Reference in Excel

Circular references in Excel can be a frustrating and time-consuming problem for many users. A circular reference occurs when a formula refers back to its own cell, creating an endless loop of calculations that causes errors in your spreadsheet.

To avoid these issues, it is important to know how to spot and correct circular references. In this guide, we will provide you with the tools and techniques necessary to quickly identify and resolve circular references in Excel.

The Error Checking-Circular Referencing feature in Excel is a powerful tool that can help you quickly identify circular references in your spreadsheet. When you use this feature, Excel will scan your worksheet and show which cells reference each other. This allows you to quickly identify the problem and take corrective action.

To use the feature, simply go to the Formulas Tab and on the Formula Auditing Ribbon, click on the dropdown button by Error Checking, and click Circular Reference. This will show the cells that reference each other.