Opens the Solver dialog. A solver allows you to solve mathematical problems with multiple unknown variables and a set of constraints on the variables by goal-seeking methods.

To access this command...

Choose Tools - Solver.

Solver settings

Target Cell

Enter or click the cell reference of the target cell. This field takes the address of the cell whose value is to be optimized.

Optimize results to

By Changing Cells

Enter the cell range that can be changed. These are the variables of the equations.

Limiting Conditions

Add the set of constraints for the mathematical problem. Each constraint is represented by a cell reference (a variable), an operator, and a value.


You can set multiple conditions for a variable. For example, a variable in cell A1 that must be an integer less than 10. In that case, set two limiting conditions for A1.


Opens the Solver Options dialog.

The Solver Options dialog let you select the different solver algorithms for either linear and non-linear problems and set their solving parameters.


Click to solve the problem with the current settings. The dialog settings are retained until you close the current document.

Za rješavanje jednacine sa razrješivacem.

Cilj procesa razrješivanja je pronalazak vrijednosti varijabli jednacine koja rezultira u optimiziranoj vrijednosti u ciljanoj celiji, zvanoj i "objective"=cilj, smjer. Možete odabrati da li ce vrijednost u ciljanoj celiji biti minimalna, maksimalna ili blizu zadane vrijednosti.

Pocetne vrijednosti varijable se unose u pravougaoni skup celija, koju unosite Mijenjajuci celije u kutiju.

Možete definisati seriju uslova koji postavljaju zabrane za neke celije. Na primjer, možete postaviti zabranu da jedna od varijabli ili celija ne smije biti veca od ostalih varijabli, ili ne veca od zadane vrijednosti. Takode možete definisati zabrane da jedna ili više varijabli mora biti cijeli broj (bez decimala), ili binarna vrijednost (gdje su dozvoljene samo 0 i 1).

Using Non-Linear solvers

Regardless whether you use DEPS or SCO, you start by going to Tools - Solver and set the Cell to be optimized, the direction to go (minimization, maximization) and the cells to be modified to reach the goal. Then you go to the Options and specify the solver to be used and if necessary adjust the according parameters.

There is also a list of constraints you can use to restrict the possible range of solutions or to penalize certain conditions. However, in case of the evolutionary solvers DEPS and SCO, these constraints are also used to specify bounds on the variables of the problem. Due to the random nature of the algorithms, it is highly recommended to do so and give upper (and in case "Assume Non-Negative Variables" is turned off also lower) bounds for all variables. They don't have to be near the actual solution (which is probably unknown) but should give a rough indication of the expected size (0 ≤ var ≤ 1 or maybe -1000000 ≤ var ≤ 1000000).

Bounds are specified by selecting one or more variables (as range) on the left side and entering a numerical value (not a cell or a formula) on the right side. That way you can also choose one or more variables to be Integer or Binary only.

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