Introduction to Calc error codes
Calc provides feedback for errors of miscalculation, incorrect use of functions, invalid cell references and values, and other user initiated mistakes. The feedback may be displayed within the cell that contains the error (Figure 1) or on the Status Bar (Figure 2) or in both, depending on the type of error. Generally speaking, if the error occurs in the cell that is selected (or contains the cursor), the error message is displayed on the Status Bar.
As an example, Figure 1 shows the error code returned when a column is too narrow to display the entire formatted date. The date displayed within the Input Line, 04/05/1998, would fit within the cell without a problem, but the format used by the cell produces the date value Sunday, April 05, 1998.
Figure 1: Error codes displayed within cells
When the cell displaying the #REF error code in Figure 1 is selected, the Status Bar displays the error message as shown in Figure 2. This message is more descriptive than the message displayed in the cell, but it still may not provide enough information to correctly diagnose the problem. For fuller explanations, consult the following tables and the Help topic, Error Codes in OpenOffice.org Calc.
Figure 2: An error message displayed in the status bar.
This appendix presents error codes in two tables. This first table explains error messages which are displayed within the cell that actually contains the error. Except in the case of the ### error, they all correspond to a Calc error code number. The second table explains all of the error codes, listed by code number, including those errors codes in the first table.