Excel cell not working for few seconds RRS feed

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  • Hello

    Sometimes excel cell not working for few seconds but not hanged. User can't copy, change fill color and any other activities during that time. After 30 seconds excel will automatically working fine. 

    Can you tell me why that will happened and what is the solution ?

    Thank You,


    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 5:09 AM

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  • Hi,

        Sometimes it takes Excel awhile to calculate and it freezes during the calculation time. This typically happens for me with workbooks that have many (more than >1000) lookups (Match, Vlookup etc), have user defined functions, or macros.

        The easy solution is just to be aware and wait it out. That's what I generally do. Otherwise, you might look here:

    Ethan Strauss

    • Edited by Ethan Strauss Wednesday, May 8, 2019 7:31 PM Posted before I was done.
    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 7:30 PM
  • Hi Mosharrof,

    Did this problem only appear in a specific file or all files?

    Where did you save these file? In local, network or Clound?

    I suggest you try to open a blank file in safe mode: Press Win + R, type " excel /safe" in the blank box, press Enter. If it works fine in safe mode, please check the add-ins in your excel and disable them.

    You can also try to repair Office application:

    You can try to provide more information about this problem and I'm glad to help you.


    Emi Zhang

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    Thursday, May 9, 2019 8:49 AM
  • Hello Emi,

    Thanks for your reply. It's happened in specific files. 

    Thank You,


    Sunday, May 12, 2019 7:37 AM
  • If the workbooks in which it happens are very big, it could be caused by saving the AutoRecovery copy of the workbook. By default, Excel saves such a copy of an open workbook every 10 minutes. While the workbook is being saved, Excel is unresponsive. For small workbooks, this takes only a fraction of a second, so it is hardly noticeable, but for large workbooks it may take some time, especially if your hard disk is slow.

    Regards, Hans Vogelaar (

    Sunday, May 12, 2019 9:36 AM