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Find Which Numbers Sum Up To Given Total

I have been presented with 13 numbers and given a total for the sum of
5 of these numbers. Will excel allow me to find which 5 of the given
numbers add up to my known total.

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Hello gurus!

Here's my question...I have a list of numbers and I want to know how many combinations (and what they are) of adding the numbers will equal an amount.
List of Numbers

Amount to be reached = 12

These are some of the possible combinations to reach 12 :

Is there a function in Excel that will do this for me? I want to know which numbers (i.e. cells) can be added to reach 12. AND, if possible, colorcode the cells added for each combination.

Good luck and thanks!!

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Is it possible to have numbers added to the same cell and have excel continue
to calculate the addition for me in that same cell......ex: I have the number
8 in cell d2 and I want to add the number 8 to that cell and have excel add
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I would add 5, and the total would be 21? Can this be done in a single cell?

dear supervirsor
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I need to know the formula (if there is one) for Excel to figure all the possible combinations of a given set of numbers that will add up to a specified sum.

In other words, if I give the following numbers 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7 - I want Excel to figure all the possible combinations that will add up to 23, and also SHOW ME those combinations, and not just HOW MANY combinations there are.

i.e. one possible combination is 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7

Can this be done? What is the formula? I'm having a hard time figuring it out!!


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If the numbers are all positive, it's fine as it's simply a case of A - B = C which is your difference. However, that doesn't work if B is negative.

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Cell B9: batches per hour: formula in cell: =B8/TEXT(B7,"h")

as long as I have this formula in cell B9 the answer comes out correct which should be 11 per hour.
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When selecting the ranges for the formula, Excel writes them A5:A15,C5:C15

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weekending 12/25 = 16.2 which is 16 man days and 2 hours
weekending 1/1 = 24.7 which is 24 man days and 7 hours

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No luck. I then rebooted the machine - still no luck.
Then, finally I unregistered the old DLL via

regsvr32 /u c:\windows\system32\MSCOMCT2.OCX

(not sure if this was necessary, but I didn't think it could hurt). Reregistered the DLL via

regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\MSCOMCT2.OCX

and what do you know - it worked.

Summa summarum - it could be an idea to check whether the two machines have different version numbers for the MSCOMCT2.OCX files.

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