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Error message when you use the Range.Calculate method to calculate formulas in an Excel workbook: "Run-time error '1004'"

Article ID: 825011

Article Last Modified on 11/20/2006


  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2003
  • Microsoft Excel 2002 Standard Edition


When you use the Range.Calculate method to calculate formulas in a Microsoft Excel workbook, you may receive the following error message:

Run-time error '1004':

Calculate method of Range class failed


This behavior may occur if the range that you are trying to calculate contains only part of an array range.


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To work around this behavior, calculate the entire array range. To do this, use the following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro code:

Sub CalcTheRange()

   'Replace Cell with the actual cell range in your workbook
   'For example, ("A2:F4")
   SafeCalcRange ThisWorkbook.Sheets("SheetName").Range("Cell:Cell")

End Sub

Sub SafeCalcRange(rng As Range)

   For Each cl In rng.Cells

      If cl.HasArray Then Set rng = Union(rng, cl.CurrentArray)

   Next cl


End Sub


This behavior is by design.


This behavior is consistent with user interface behavior because you cannot change part of an array range.

For more information about a design change in Excel for formula calculations, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

825012 How formula calculations are performed in Excel 2002 or Excel 2003

Additional query words: XL2002 XL2003

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