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Excel Err Msg: 'Error in Formula' when Using Manual Link

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh, versions 2.2, 3.0, 4.0
  • Microsoft Excel for Windows, versions 2.x, 3.0, 4.0


If you create a link formula to a worksheet named C or R and you do not place apostrophes around the filename, you will receive the following error message:

Error in formula

This error message occurs because Microsoft Excel reserves the letters C and R for R1C1 reference style.

For example, to use the following formula


you would have to place apostrophes around the filename, as in the following example:



"Microsoft Excel User's Guide 1," version 4.0, page 268

Additional query words: 2.0 2.00 2.10 2.1 2.10 2.20 3.0 single quote quotation marks

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Last Reviewed: March 29, 1999
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