INFO function

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Returns information about the current operating environment.



Type_text     is 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 Office 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.


The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

How to copy an example

  1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.

  2. Select the example in the Help topic.

    Note   Do not select the row or column headers.

    Selecting an example from Help

    Selecting an example from Help

  3. Press CTRL+C.

  4. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.

  5. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.






Description (Result)


Number of active worksheets (varies)


Recalculation mode for the workbook (Automatic or Manual)

Applies To: Excel 2007

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