Excel formula not working

Copper Contributor

Excel formula calculating and reflecting the value , but when we read the same excel in C# picking different value.. what can be the reason for this ?

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There are several reasons why an Excel formula might work correctly in the spreadsheet but show a different value when read by C#:

1. Cell formatting:

  • Excel: Excel displays formatted values based on the cell formatting applied. For example, a cell with the number 1.23 might be displayed as "1.23" in Excel, but the actual underlying value might be 1.23456789.
  • C#: C# libraries might read the raw value stored in the cell, which could be different from the displayed value. Ensure you're using appropriate methods to read the cell value based on its data type (e.g., getDouble for numbers, getString for text).

2. Calculation mode:

  • Excel: By default, Excel automatically recalculates formulas when changes occur.
  • C#: When reading the spreadsheet from C#, the formulas might not be recalculated automatically. This could lead to outdated values being read if the formula depends on other cells that have changed since the last calculation. You might need to trigger recalculation manually using the library's specific methods.

3. Data type conversion:

  • Excel: Excel can perform implicit data type conversions during calculations. For example, adding a string containing a number to a numeric value might convert the string to a number before performing the addition.
  • C#: C# might handle data type conversions differently, potentially leading to unexpected results. Ensure you understand how the C# library handles data types and conversions during formula evaluation.

4. Regional settings:

  • Excel: Excel uses specific regional settings for date and time formatting, decimal separators, etc.
  • C#: C# might use different regional settings, leading to misinterpretations of values if they differ from Excel's settings. Ensure your C# code is configured with the same regional settings as Excel to avoid discrepancies.

5. Formula errors:

  • Excel: Excel might display error values like #VALUE! or #NAME! if there are issues with the formula itself.
  • C#: Some C# libraries might not translate these error values accurately, leading to seemingly incorrect values being read. Check for any error codes returned by the library when reading cell values.

Troubleshooting tips:

  • Double-check the formula in Excel: Ensure the formula is syntactically correct and references the intended cells.
  • Verify cell formatting: Compare the displayed value in Excel with the raw value obtained using =VALUE(cell) to understand any formatting discrepancies.
  • Force recalculation in C#: Use the library's specific methods to trigger formula recalculation before reading the value.
  • Review data type handling: Ensure your C# code handles data types and conversions consistently with Excel's behavior.
  • Compare regional settings: Verify that both Excel and your C# code use the same regional settings for accurate interpretation of values.
  • Check for error codes: Look for any error codes returned by the C# library when reading cell values, which might indicate issues with the formula or data interpretation.

By carefully considering these potential causes and following the troubleshooting tips, you can identify and address the reason why the Excel formula and C# reading differ.

@smylbugti222gmailcom Thank you..  It was the formula error . Instead of Concat used Concatenate and the issue is resolved.