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    Inconsistent formula (Excel 2003)

    I've attached a worksheet. I'm getting an 'Inconsistent Formula' error message in column G. It doesn't appear under the same circumstances. See the worksheet. I can't figure out why the message appears; what's wrong with the formula. There is no help available for that error message.
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    Re: Inconsistent formula (Excel 2003)

    Essentially I believe Excel just looks at the cells around the cell with the formula in and if the formula differs from what it detects as a pattern, it says the formula is inconsistent. e.g. if you have subtracted 1 from the cells above and below, but only subtracted 0.5 from the current cell, Excel believes that is inconsistent. If it does not detect a pattern, then it does not see an inconsistency.
    Hope that helps.
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    Re: Inconsistent formula (Excel 2003)

    Hi Bob

    You could stop the cells being labelled as inconsistent by inserting another column that contains the amount to be subtracted and update the elapsed formula to refer to that column for the subtraction. See attached example.

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