INFO function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the INFO function in Microsoft Excel.

Note: The INFO function is not available in Excel Web App.


Returns information about the current operating environment.



The INFO function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Type_text    Required. Text that specifies what type of information you want returned.




Path of the current directory or folder.


Number of active worksheets in the open workbooks.


Returns the absolute cell reference of the top and leftmost cell visible in the window, based on the current scrolling position, as text prepended with "$A:". This value is intended for for Lotus 1-2-3 release 3.x compatibility. The actual value returned depends on the current reference style setting. Using D9 as an example, the return value would be:

  • A1 reference style     "$A:$D$9".

  • R1C1 reference style    "$A:R9C4"


Current operating system version, as text.


Current recalculation mode; returns "Automatic" or "Manual".


Version of Microsoft Excel, as text.


Name of the operating environment:
Macintosh = "mac"
Windows = "pcdos"

Important: In previous versions of Microsoft Excel, the "memavail", "memused", and "totmem" type_text values, returned memory information. These type_text values are no longer supported and now return a #N/A error value.


Copy the example data in the following table, and paste it in cell A1 of a new Excel worksheet. If the formulas in the Result column don't show the results described in the Description column, select them, press F2, and then press Enter. If you need to, you can adjust the column widths to see all the data.





Number of active worksheets



Recalculation mode for the workbook.


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