Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Editing a Scenario.

Editing a Scenario

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 22, 2020)

Once a scenario is saved, you can later edit it without the necessity of editing the worksheet and resaving the scenario. Instead, you use the Scenario Manager to do the editing. Follow these steps:

  1. Display the Data tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click the What-If Analysis tool in the Forecast group (Data Tools group in older versions of Excel) and then click Scenario Manager. Excel displays the Scenario Manager dialog box.
  3. Highlight the name of the scenario whose values you want to change.
  4. Click on the Edit button. Excel displays the Edit Scenario dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Edit Scenario dialog box.

  6. Change the name of the scenario, cell range it refers to, or any comments or notes, as desired.
  7. Click on the OK button. Excel displays the Scenario Values dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  8. Figure 2. The Scenario Values dialog box.

  9. Change the values stored in the scenario, as desired.
  10. Click on the OK button. Your changes are saved and the Scenario Manager is again displayed.
  11. Repeat steps 3 through 8 for any other scenarios you want to change.
  12. Click on Close to dismiss the Scenario Manager.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8569) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Editing a Scenario.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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