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XL2000: "Cannot Change Part of an Array" Error Message

This article was previously published under Q214054
In Microsoft Excel, you may receive the following error message
Cannot change part of an array
when you attempt to edit one of the cells that make up an array formula.
To cancel the error message, click OK, and then click the Cancel (X) button on the Formula Bar, or press ESCAPE.
To determine which cells make up the array, use either of the followingmethods to highlight the range that makes up the array formula.

Method 1

  1. Select one of the cells that is in the array formula, and then on the Edit menu, click Go To.
  2. In the Go To dialog box, click Special.
  3. In the Go To Special dialog box, click to select the Current array check box, and then click OK.

Method 2

Press CTRL+SHIFT and double-click any cell that is part of the array.

NOTE: After selecting the entire range that contains the array formula, you can edit the formula and press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to re-enter the array formula.

Article ID: 214054 - Last Review: 09/27/2003 14:27:06 - Revision: 3.1

  • Microsoft Excel 2000 Standard Edition
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