Specifications and limits for Excel 2011

Workbook and sheet specifications

Feature

Maximum

Open workbooks

Limited by available memory and system resources

Sheet 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 (only 1,024 can be displayed in a cell; all 32,767 can be displayed in the formula bar)

Characters in a header or footer

255

Sheets in a workbook

Limited by available memory

Colors in a workbook

16 million colors (32 bit with full access to 24 bit color spectrum)

Unique cell formats/cell styles

32,735

Named views in a workbook

Limited by available memory

Line weight and styles

256

Unique font types

1,024 global fonts available for use; 512 per workbook

Cell indent levels

250

Conditional formats

Limited by available memory

Number formats in a workbook

Limited by available memory

Names in a workbook

Limited by available memory

Windows in a workbook

Limited only by system resources

Panes in a window

4

Linked sheets

Limited by available memory

scenario

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

Changing cells in a scenario

32

Custom functions

Limited by available memory

Zoom range

10 percent to 400 percent

Sort references

64 in a single sort; unlimited for sequential sorts

Undo levels

16

Fields in a data form

100

Workbook parameters

255 parameters per workbook

Filter drop-down lists

10,000 entries

Custom toolbars in a workbook

Limited by available memory

Custom toolbar buttons

Limited by available memory

Calculation specifications

Feature

Maximum

Number precision

15 digits

Largest allowed positive number

9.99999999999999E+307

Largest allowed positive number via formula

1.7976931348623158e+308

Largest allowed negative number

–9.99999999999999E+307

Largest allowed negative number via formula

–1.7976931348623158e+308

Smallest allowed positive number

2.2251E–308

Smallest allowed negative number

–2.2251E–308

Length of formula contents

8,192 characters

Internal length of formula

16,384 bytes

Iterations

32,767

Sheet arrays

Limited by available memory

Selected ranges

2,048

Arguments in a function

255

Nested levels of functions

64

User defined function categories

255

Size of the operand stack

1,024

Cross-sheet dependency

64,000 sheets that can refer to other sheets

Area dependency

8,000 cells that can depend on a single area

Area dependency per sheet

64,000 areas that can depend on a single sheet

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, when 1904 date system is used)

Latest date allowed for calculation

December 31, 9999

Largest amount of time that can be entered

9999:59:59

PivotTable report specifications

Feature

Maximum

PivotTables on a sheet

Limited by available memory

Unique items per field

1,048,576

Row or column fields in a PivotTable

Limited by available memory

Report filters in a PivotTable

256 (can be further limited by available memory)

Value fields in a PivotTable

256

Calculated item formulas in a PivotTable

Limited by available memory

Length for a relational PivotTable string

32,767

Items displayed in filter drop-down lists

10,000

Charting specifications

Feature

Maximum

Charts in a workbook

255

Charts linked to a sheet

Limited by available memory

Sheets referenced by a chart

255

Data series in one chart

255

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

256,000

Maximum number of font types in a chart

255

Line styles

8

Area patterns (screen display)

18

Total area pattern and color combinations (color display)

56,448

Pattern and color combinations (color printer)

56,448 (the actual number depends on your printer and its software)

Shared workbook specifications

Feature

Maximum

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

256

Personal views in a shared workbook

Limited by available memory

Days that change history is maintained

32,767 (the default is 30 days)

Workbooks that can be merged at the same time

Limited by available memory

Cells that can be highlighted in a shared workbook

32,767

Colors used to identify changes that are made by different users when change tracking is turned on

32 (each user is identified by a separate color; changes that are made by the current user are highlighted with blue)

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