Goal Seek

Opens a dialogue box in which you can solve an equation with a variable. After a successful search, a dialogue box with the result opens, allowing you to apply the result and the target value directly to the cell.

To access this command...

Choose Tools - Goal Seek.


In this section, you can define the variables in your formula.

Formula cell

In the formula cell, enter the reference of the cell which contains the formula. It contains the current cell reference. Click another cell in the sheet to apply its reference to the text box.

Target value

Specifies the value you want to achieve as a new result.

Variable cell

Specifies the reference for the cell that contains the value you want to adjust in order to reach the target.

Shrink / Maximise

Click the Shrink icon to reduce the dialogue box to the size of the input field. It is then easier to mark the required reference in the sheet. The icons then automatically convert to the Maximise icon. Click it to restore the dialogue box to its original size.

The dialogue box is automatically minimised when you click within a sheet with the mouse. As soon as you release the mouse button, the dialogue box is restored and the reference range defined with the mouse is highlighted in the document by a blue frame.