If your goal seek cells currently contain a formula, the Goal Seek command will not work. The cell that you want to change must contain a value, not a formula.
What is a goal seek cell?
In Excel, a goal seeks cell is a cell that you specify as the target for a formula. The goal-seek feature allows you to find the input values that produce the desired result from a formula. For example, if you have a formula in cell A1 that multiplies two values in cells A2 and A3, you can use goal seek to find the value of cell A2 that produces a desired result in cell A1.
How to use a goal-seek cell
To use a goal seek cell, select the cell you want to change. Then, click on the Data tab and select What-If Analysis. From there, select Goal Seek.
In the Goal Seek dialog box, you will need to enter the cell that contains the value you want to change, the value that you want to change it to, and the cell that you want to change it in. Once you have entered all of this information, click OK and the goal seek cell will be created.
Why you should use a goal seek cell
When using Excel, you may want to find a particular value for a cell that will produce a desired result in another cell. This can be done by using the goal seek feature. To use goal seek, you need to have two cells set up in your worksheet—one cell that contains the value you are looking for (the goal seek cell) and another cell that contains the formula or function that produces the desired result (the target cell).
Here’s how it works: let’s say you’re trying to find out how much money you need to save each month in order to have $1,000 in your savings account after 12 months. In this case, the goal seek cell would be the amount of money you need to save each month, and the target cell would be your savings balance after 12 months.
To use goal seek, you would first select the target cell and then click on the “Data” tab. From there, you would click on “What-If Analysis” and then select “Goal Seek” from the drop-down menu.
This will bring up the “Goal Seek Status” window. In the “Set Cell:” field, you will enter the cell address of the goal seek cell (in our example, this would be the monthly savings amount). Then, in the “To Value:” field, you will enter the desired value for the goal seek cell (in our example, this would be $1,000). Finally, click “OK” and Excel will determine what value needs to be entered into the goal seek cell in order to achieve the desired result.
In conclusion, the Goal Seek cell must contain a value in order to work properly. If the cell is empty, the Goal Seek function will not work and an error message will be displayed.