Using the Solver

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The Goal Seek command is handy for problems that involve an exact target value that depends on a single unknown value. For problems that are more complex, you should use the Solver add-in. The Solver can handle problems that involve many variable cells and can help you find combinations of variables that maximize or minimize a target cell. It also specifies one or more constraints—conditions that must be met for the solution to be valid.


The Solver is an add-in. If the Solver button does not appear on the Data tab on the ribbon, click the File tab, Options, Add-Ins category, and then click the Go button. Select the Solver Add-In ...

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