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How can I put Goal Seek into a cell formula?
I'm working on a Sales bid template where I need to calculate a unit price
but that price must be equal to a certain profit %. Goal seek will do the job, but the template is to be used by beginning Excelers. The problem I have is that I need to have the formula calculate to a certain profit margin %, but I also need to allow for adjustment to that calculated price by the user in case they want to "tweek" the calculated price to see what happens to profit margin % if they move the price up or down. Therefore, my gross Sales dollars must be equal to Price X Units. I just need to calc the starting price in one cell (to equal desired margin %)(A), have a second cell for "adjustment" (B) and a third that is adjusted price (A+B). Any ideas? 
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How can I put Goal Seek into a cell formula?
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 Bernard V Liengme www.stfx.ca/people/bliengme remove caps from email "ecalexan" wrote in message news I'm working on a Sales bid template where I need to calculate a unit price but that price must be equal to a certain profit %. Goal seek will do the job, but the template is to be used by beginning Excelers. The problem I have is that I need to have the formula calculate to a certain profit margin %, but I also need to allow for adjustment to that calculated price by the user in case they want to "tweek" the calculated price to see what happens to profit margin % if they move the price up or down. Therefore, my gross Sales dollars must be equal to Price X Units. I just need to calc the starting price in one cell (to equal desired margin %)(A), have a second cell for "adjustment" (B) and a third that is adjusted price (A+B). Any ideas? 
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How can I put Goal Seek into a cell formula?
It is not exactly clear to me what you require. But I post one of my standard answers, just in case it happens to be what you
need. Please let us know. This "solution" requires a User Defined Function (UDF) to be installed. Instructions for that at the end of this post.  Kind regards, Niek Otten Microsoft MVP  Excel ' ================================================== ================= Function Backward(ValueToBeFound As Double, MoreArguments As Double, _ Optional ReasonableGuess, Optional MaxNumberIters, _ Optional MaxDiffPerc) As Double ' ' Niek Otten, March 22 2006 ' ' This EXAMPLE function goalseeks another function, ' called Forward. It works for almost any continuous function, ' although if that function has several maximum and/or minimum ' values, the value of the ReasonableGuess argument becomes ' important. ' It calculates the value for ReasonableGuess and for ' 1.2 * ReasonableGuess. ' It assumes that the function's graph is a straight line and ' extrapolates that line from these two values to find the value ' for the argument required to achieve ValueToBeFound. ' Of course that doesn't come out right, so it does it again for ' this new result and one of the other two results, depending on ' the required direction (greater or smaller). ' This process is repeated until the maximum number of calculations ' has been reached, in which case an errorvalue is returned, ' or until the value found is close enough, in which case ' the value of the most recently used argument is returned Dim LowVar As Double, HighVar As Double, NowVar As Double Dim LowResult As Double, HighResult As Double, NowResult As Double Dim MaxDiff As Double Dim NotReadyYet As Boolean Dim IterCount As Long If IsMissing(ReasonableGuess) Then ReasonableGuess = 1.5 ' use default Values If IsMissing(MaxNumberIters) Then MaxNumberIters = 20 ' that make sense in the If IsMissing(MaxDiffPerc) Then MaxDiffPerc = 0.001 ' context of the function MaxDiff = ValueToBeFound * MaxDiffPerc NotReadyYet = True IterCount = 1 LowVar = ReasonableGuess LowResult = Forward(LowVar, MoreArguments) HighVar = LowVar * 1.2 HighResult = Forward(HighVar, MoreArguments) While NotReadyYet IterCount = IterCount + 1 If IterCount MaxNumberIters Then Backward = CVErr(xlErrValue) 'or some other errorvalue Exit Function End If NowVar = ((ValueToBeFound  LowResult) * (HighVar  LowVar) + LowVar _ * (HighResult  LowResult)) / (HighResult  LowResult) NowResult = Forward(NowVar, MoreArguments) If NowResult ValueToBeFound Then HighVar = NowVar HighResult = NowResult Else LowVar = NowVar LowResult = NowResult End If If Abs(NowResult  ValueToBeFound) < MaxDiff Then NotReadyYet = False Wend Backward = NowVar End Function ' ================================================== ================= Function Forward(a As Double, b As Double) As Double ' This is just an example function; ' almost any continous function will work Forward = 3 * a ^ (1.5) + b End Function ' ================================================== ================= ================================================ Pasting a User Defined Function (UDF) Niek Otten, March 31, 2006 If you find a VBA function on the Internet or somebody mails you one, and you don't know how to implement it, follow these steps: Select all the text of the function. CTRL+C (that is, press and hold down the CTRL key, press C, release both). This a shortcut for Copy. Go to Excel. Press ALT+F11 (same method: press and hold the ALT key, press the F11 key and release both). You are now in the Visual Basic Editor (VBE). From the menu bar, choose InsertModule. There should now be a blank module sheet in front of you. Click in it and then press CTRL+V (same method.). This a shortcut for Paste. You should now see the text of the function in the Module. Press ALT+F11 again to return to your Excel worksheet. You should now be able to use the function as if it were a builtin function of Excel, like =SUM(..) ================================================ "ecalexan" wrote in message news  I'm working on a Sales bid template where I need to calculate a unit price  but that price must be equal to a certain profit %. Goal seek will do the  job, but the template is to be used by beginning Excelers. The problem I  have is that I need to have the formula calculate to a certain profit margin  %, but I also need to allow for adjustment to that calculated price by the  user in case they want to "tweek" the calculated price to see what happens to  profit margin % if they move the price up or down. Therefore, my gross Sales  dollars must be equal to Price X Units. I just need to calc the starting  price in one cell (to equal desired margin %)(A), have a second cell for  "adjustment" (B) and a third that is adjusted price (A+B). Any ideas? 
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How can I put Goal Seek into a cell formula?
Hi Niek,
I have a Goal Seek problem and I would like to hear your opinion to a solution. I have read many posts, but have not found a solution for this particular situation. On a sheet (eg. Sheet1) I have the following cells and their content: A1 contains 200.000 (number) and displays 200.000 meaning 'All Customer Market' A2 contains 1% (percentage) and displays 1% meaning 'Sales Target in %' A3 contains =A1*A2 (formula) and displays 2.000 meaning 'Sales Target in No of Customers' A4 contains =A3*1.000 (formula) and displays 2.000.000 meaning 'Sales' (price is 1.000) A5 contains 5.000.000 (number) and displays 5.000.000 meaning 'Costs' A6 contains =A4A5 (formula) and displays 3.000.000 meaning 'Profit' Now, I would like a new cell eg. A7 to dynamically calculate, how many Customers I need in order to get a breakeven in Profit (A6). I can easy do this manually with the Goal Seek Tool, by setting the following options: Set Cell = A6 (Profit) To Value = 0 By Changing Cell = A2 (Sales Target in %) The problem with Goal Seek is, that Goal Seek (after finding the result) changes A2 (Sales Target in %) to the calculated result and then the sheet recalculates and all other cells changes as well  finally setting A6 (Profit) to 0. What I want is just a new cell eg. A7, where the Goal Seek result from A3 ('Sales Target in No of Customers) is dynamically calculated. But all other cells are left unchanged (with the same content as described above). Hope it is understandable. Kind regards, Aleksander Niek Otten skrev: It is not exactly clear to me what you require. But I post one of my standard answers, just in case it happens to be what you need. Please let us know. This "solution" requires a User Defined Function (UDF) to be installed. Instructions for that at the end of this post.  Kind regards, Niek Otten Microsoft MVP  Excel ' ================================================== ================= Function Backward(ValueToBeFound As Double, MoreArguments As Double, _ Optional ReasonableGuess, Optional MaxNumberIters, _ Optional MaxDiffPerc) As Double ' ' Niek Otten, March 22 2006 ' ' This EXAMPLE function goalseeks another function, ' called Forward. It works for almost any continuous function, ' although if that function has several maximum and/or minimum ' values, the value of the ReasonableGuess argument becomes ' important. ' It calculates the value for ReasonableGuess and for ' 1.2 * ReasonableGuess. ' It assumes that the function's graph is a straight line and ' extrapolates that line from these two values to find the value ' for the argument required to achieve ValueToBeFound. ' Of course that doesn't come out right, so it does it again for ' this new result and one of the other two results, depending on ' the required direction (greater or smaller). ' This process is repeated until the maximum number of calculations ' has been reached, in which case an errorvalue is returned, ' or until the value found is close enough, in which case ' the value of the most recently used argument is returned Dim LowVar As Double, HighVar As Double, NowVar As Double Dim LowResult As Double, HighResult As Double, NowResult As Double Dim MaxDiff As Double Dim NotReadyYet As Boolean Dim IterCount As Long If IsMissing(ReasonableGuess) Then ReasonableGuess = 1.5 ' use default Values If IsMissing(MaxNumberIters) Then MaxNumberIters = 20 ' that make sense in the If IsMissing(MaxDiffPerc) Then MaxDiffPerc = 0.001 ' context of the function MaxDiff = ValueToBeFound * MaxDiffPerc NotReadyYet = True IterCount = 1 LowVar = ReasonableGuess LowResult = Forward(LowVar, MoreArguments) HighVar = LowVar * 1.2 HighResult = Forward(HighVar, MoreArguments) While NotReadyYet IterCount = IterCount + 1 If IterCount MaxNumberIters Then Backward = CVErr(xlErrValue) 'or some other errorvalue Exit Function End If NowVar = ((ValueToBeFound  LowResult) * (HighVar  LowVar) + LowVar _ * (HighResult  LowResult)) / (HighResult  LowResult) NowResult = Forward(NowVar, MoreArguments) If NowResult ValueToBeFound Then HighVar = NowVar HighResult = NowResult Else LowVar = NowVar LowResult = NowResult End If If Abs(NowResult  ValueToBeFound) < MaxDiff Then NotReadyYet = False Wend Backward = NowVar End Function ' ================================================== ================= Function Forward(a As Double, b As Double) As Double ' This is just an example function; ' almost any continous function will work Forward = 3 * a ^ (1.5) + b End Function ' ================================================== ================= ================================================ Pasting a User Defined Function (UDF) Niek Otten, March 31, 2006 If you find a VBA function on the Internet or somebody mails you one, and you don't know how to implement it, follow these steps: Select all the text of the function. CTRL+C (that is, press and hold down the CTRL key, press C, release both). This a shortcut for Copy. Go to Excel. Press ALT+F11 (same method: press and hold the ALT key, press the F11 key and release both). You are now in the Visual Basic Editor (VBE). From the menu bar, choose InsertModule. There should now be a blank module sheet in front of you. Click in it and then press CTRL+V (same method.). This a shortcut for Paste. You should now see the text of the function in the Module. Press ALT+F11 again to return to your Excel worksheet. You should now be able to use the function as if it were a builtin function of Excel, like =SUM(..) ================================================ "ecalexan" wrote in message news  I'm working on a Sales bid template where I need to calculate a unit price  but that price must be equal to a certain profit %. Goal seek will do the  job, but the template is to be used by beginning Excelers. The problem I  have is that I need to have the formula calculate to a certain profit margin  %, but I also need to allow for adjustment to that calculated price by the  user in case they want to "tweek" the calculated price to see what happens to  profit margin % if they move the price up or down. Therefore, my gross Sales  dollars must be equal to Price X Units. I just need to calc the starting  price in one cell (to equal desired margin %)(A), have a second cell for  "adjustment" (B) and a third that is adjusted price (A+B). Any ideas? 
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How can I put Goal Seek into a cell formula?
Hi Niek,
I have a Goal Seek problem and I would like to hear your opinion to a solution. I have read many posts, but have not found a solution for this particular situation. On a sheet (eg. Sheet1) I have the following cells and their content: A1 contains 200.000 (number) and displays 200.000 meaning 'All Customer Market' A2 contains 1% (percentage) and displays 1% meaning 'Sales Target in %' A3 contains =A1*A2 (formula) and displays 2.000 meaning 'Sales Target in No of Customers' A4 contains =A3*1.000 (formula) and displays 2.000.000 meaning 'Sales' (price is 1.000) A5 contains 5.000.000 (number) and displays 5.000.000 meaning 'Costs' A6 contains =A4A5 (formula) and displays 3.000.000 meaning 'Profit' Now, I would like a new cell eg. A7 to dynamically calculate, how many Customers I need in order to get a breakeven in Profit (A6). I can easy do this manually with the Goal Seek Tool, by setting the following options: Set Cell = A6 (Profit) To Value = 0 By Changing Cell = A2 (Sales Target in %) The problem with Goal Seek is, that Goal Seek (after finding the result) changes A2 (Sales Target in %) to the calculated result and then the sheet recalculates and all other cells changes as well  finally setting A6 (Profit) to 0. What I want is just a new cell eg. A7, where the Goal Seek result from A3 ('Sales Target in No of Customers) is dynamically calculated. But all other cells are left unchanged (with the same content as described above). Hope it is understandable. Kind regards, Aleksander but Goal Seek finds a solution and changes A6 (Profit Niek Otten skrev: It is not exactly clear to me what you require. But I post one of my standard answers, just in case it happens to be what you need. Please let us know. This "solution" requires a User Defined Function (UDF) to be installed. Instructions for that at the end of this post.  Kind regards, Niek Otten Microsoft MVP  Excel ' ================================================== ================= Function Backward(ValueToBeFound As Double, MoreArguments As Double, _ Optional ReasonableGuess, Optional MaxNumberIters, _ Optional MaxDiffPerc) As Double ' ' Niek Otten, March 22 2006 ' ' This EXAMPLE function goalseeks another function, ' called Forward. It works for almost any continuous function, ' although if that function has several maximum and/or minimum ' values, the value of the ReasonableGuess argument becomes ' important. ' It calculates the value for ReasonableGuess and for ' 1.2 * ReasonableGuess. ' It assumes that the function's graph is a straight line and ' extrapolates that line from these two values to find the value ' for the argument required to achieve ValueToBeFound. ' Of course that doesn't come out right, so it does it again for ' this new result and one of the other two results, depending on ' the required direction (greater or smaller). ' This process is repeated until the maximum number of calculations ' has been reached, in which case an errorvalue is returned, ' or until the value found is close enough, in which case ' the value of the most recently used argument is returned Dim LowVar As Double, HighVar As Double, NowVar As Double Dim LowResult As Double, HighResult As Double, NowResult As Double Dim MaxDiff As Double Dim NotReadyYet As Boolean Dim IterCount As Long If IsMissing(ReasonableGuess) Then ReasonableGuess = 1.5 ' use default Values If IsMissing(MaxNumberIters) Then MaxNumberIters = 20 ' that make sense in the If IsMissing(MaxDiffPerc) Then MaxDiffPerc = 0.001 ' context of the function MaxDiff = ValueToBeFound * MaxDiffPerc NotReadyYet = True IterCount = 1 LowVar = ReasonableGuess LowResult = Forward(LowVar, MoreArguments) HighVar = LowVar * 1.2 HighResult = Forward(HighVar, MoreArguments) While NotReadyYet IterCount = IterCount + 1 If IterCount MaxNumberIters Then Backward = CVErr(xlErrValue) 'or some other errorvalue Exit Function End If NowVar = ((ValueToBeFound  LowResult) * (HighVar  LowVar) + LowVar _ * (HighResult  LowResult)) / (HighResult  LowResult) NowResult = Forward(NowVar, MoreArguments) If NowResult ValueToBeFound Then HighVar = NowVar HighResult = NowResult Else LowVar = NowVar LowResult = NowResult End If If Abs(NowResult  ValueToBeFound) < MaxDiff Then NotReadyYet = False Wend Backward = NowVar End Function ' ================================================== ================= Function Forward(a As Double, b As Double) As Double ' This is just an example function; ' almost any continous function will work Forward = 3 * a ^ (1.5) + b End Function ' ================================================== ================= ================================================ Pasting a User Defined Function (UDF) Niek Otten, March 31, 2006 If you find a VBA function on the Internet or somebody mails you one, and you don't know how to implement it, follow these steps: Select all the text of the function. CTRL+C (that is, press and hold down the CTRL key, press C, release both). This a shortcut for Copy. Go to Excel. Press ALT+F11 (same method: press and hold the ALT key, press the F11 key and release both). You are now in the Visual Basic Editor (VBE). From the menu bar, choose InsertModule. There should now be a blank module sheet in front of you. Click in it and then press CTRL+V (same method.). This a shortcut for Paste. You should now see the text of the function in the Module. Press ALT+F11 again to return to your Excel worksheet. You should now be able to use the function as if it were a builtin function of Excel, like =SUM(..) ================================================ "ecalexan" wrote in message news  I'm working on a Sales bid template where I need to calculate a unit price  but that price must be equal to a certain profit %. Goal seek will do the  job, but the template is to be used by beginning Excelers. The problem I  have is that I need to have the formula calculate to a certain profit margin  %, but I also need to allow for adjustment to that calculated price by the  user in case they want to "tweek" the calculated price to see what happens to  profit margin % if they move the price up or down. Therefore, my gross Sales  dollars must be equal to Price X Units. I just need to calc the starting  price in one cell (to equal desired margin %)(A), have a second cell for  "adjustment" (B) and a third that is adjusted price (A+B). Any ideas? 
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