Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Turning Off Error Checking.

Turning Off Error Checking

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 9, 2015)

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While you have Excel open, it is constantly checking in the background for potential errors in your worksheets. If an error is located (or, at the least, what Excel thinks is an error), then the cell is "flagged" with a small green triangle in the upper-left corner of the cell.

If you don't want Excel to check for errors, you can turn the feature off by following these steps:

  1. Display the Excel Options dialog box. (In Excel 2007 click the Office button and then click Excel Options. In Excel 2010 and Excel 2013 display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. Click Formulas at the left side of the dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Formulas area of the Excel Options dialog box.

  4. Clear the Enable Background Error Checking check box.
  5. Click OK.

Any existing green triangles should disappear, and Excel stops checking for errors.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (10655) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Turning Off Error Checking.

Author Bio

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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2016-03-16 08:08:35

nunyabusiness

This doesn't help when you send the spreadsheet to someone since it is a personal setting. Then they see the error.


2015-09-25 11:52:51

Claire

Is it possible to switch off this error checking only for a specific workbook? It seems if I switch this off then it applies to my Excel but if I send the workbook to someone else, they will still see the errors when they open it up.


2015-08-22 09:21:17

BHershman

Question: does the setting of this option turn on/off the effect of ON ERROR statements in macros?

I have a longstanding macro that has only recently started ignoring ON ERROR RESUME NEXT immediately before a statement that certainly can generate and handle an error condition. It always has in the past!

When it reaches this statement and there definitely is an error to be handled, VBA simply breaks instead of resuming at the next statement (IF ERR.NUMBER <> 0 THEN ....).


2015-07-01 05:27:48

Nathali

Thank you.
It is so good.


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