Microsoft Excel 2010 Maximum Limits and Specifications

Applies to: Microsoft Excel 2010 for Windows

Below is a list of Microsoft Excel 2010 maximum limits and specifications.

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Excel Worksheet and Workbook Maximum Limits and Specifications

Open workbooks: Limited by available memory and system resources

Worksheet size: 1,048,576 rows by 16,384 columns

Column width: 255 characters

Row height: 409 points

Page breaks: 1,026 horizontal and vertical

Total number of characters that a cell can contain: 32,767 characters

Characters in a header or footer: 255 characters

Maximum number of line feeds per cell: 253 lines feeds

Sheets in a workbook: Limited by available memory (default is 3 sheets)

Colors in a workbook: 16 million colors (32 bit with full access to 24 bit color spectrum)

Named views in a workbook: Limited by available memory

Unique cell formats/cell styles: 64,000 cell formats/cell styles

Fill styles: 256 fill styles

Line weight and styles: 256 weights and styles

Unique font types: 1,024 global fonts available for use; 512 per workbook

Number formats in a workbook: Between 200 and 250, depending on the language version of Excel installed

Names in a workbook: Limited by available memory

Windows in a workbook: Limited by available memory

Hyperlinks in a worksheet: 66,530 hyperlinks

Panes in a window: 4 panes

Linked sheets: Limited by available memory

Scenarios: Limited by available memory; a summary report shows only the first 251 scenarios

Changing cells in a scenario: 32 changing cells

Adjustable cells in Solver: 200 adjustable cells

Custom functions: Limited by available memory

Zoom range: 10 percent to 400 percent

Reports: Limited by available memory

Sort references: 64 in a single sort; unlimited when using sequential sorts

Undo levels: 100 levels

Fields in a data form: 32 fields

Workbook parameters: 255 parameters per workbook

Items displayed in filter drop-down lists: 10,000 items

Noncontiguous cells that can be selected: 2,147,483,648 cells

Excel Calculation Maximum Limits and Specifications

Number precision: 15 digits

Smallest allowed negative number: -2.2251E-308

Smallest allowed positive number: 2.2251E-308

Largest allowed positive number: 9.99999999999999E+307

Largest allowed negative number: -9.99999999999999E+307

Largest allowed positive number via formula: 1.7976931348623158e+308

Largest allowed negative number via formula: -1.7976931348623158e+308

Length of formula contents: 8,192 characters

Internal length of formula: 16,384 bytes

Iterations: 32,767

Worksheet arrays: Limited by available memory

Selected ranges: 2,048 ranges

Arguments in a function: 255 arguments

Nested levels of functions: 64 nested levels

User defined function categories: 255 categories

Number of available worksheet functions: 341 functions

Size of the operand stack: 1,024

Cross-worksheet dependency: 64,000 worksheets that can refer to other sheets

Cross-worksheet array formula dependency: Limited by available memory

Area dependency: Limited by available memory

Area dependency per worksheet: Limited by available memory

Dependency on a single cell: 4 billion formulas that can depend on a single cell

Linked cell content length from closed workbooks: 32,767

Earliest date allowed for calculation: January 1, 1900 (January 1, 1904, if 1904 date system is used)

Latest date allowed for calculation: December 31, 9999

Largest amount of time that can be entered: 9999:59:59

Excel Charting Maximum Limits and Specifications

Charts linked to a worksheet: Limited by available memory

Worksheets referred to by a chart: 255 worksheets

Data series in one chart: 255 data series

Data points in a data series for 2-D charts: Limited by available memory

Data points in a data series for 3-D charts: Limited by available memory

Data points for all data series in one chart: Limited by available memory

Excel PivotTable and PivotChart Report Maximum Limits and Specifications

PivotTable reports on a sheet: Limited by available memory

Unique items per field: 1,048,576 items

Row or column fields in a PivotTable report: Limited by available memory

Report filters in a PivotTable report: 256 (may be limited by available memory)

Value fields in a PivotTable report: 256 value fields

Calculated item formulas in a PivotTable report: Limited by available memory

Report filters in a PivotChart report: 256 (may be limited by available memory)

Value fields in a PivotChart report: 256 value fields

Calculated item formulas in a PivotChart report: Limited by available memory

Length of the MDX name for a PivotTable item: 32,767

Length for a relational PivotTable string: 32,767

Items displayed in filter drop-down lists: 10,000 items

Shared Workbook Specifications and Limits

Users who can open and share a shared workbook at the same time: 256 users

Personal views in a shared workbook: Limited by available memory

Days that change history is maintained: 32,767 (default is 30 days)

Workbooks that can be merged at one time: Limited by available memory

Cells that can be highlighted in a shared workbook: 32,767 cells

Colors used to identify changes made by different users when change highlighting is turned on: 32 (each user is identified by a separate color; changes made by the current user are highlighted with navy blue)

Excel tables in a shared workbook: 0 (zero)

Note: A workbook that contains one or more Excel tables cannot be shared.

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