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Nov 26, 2008

Excel cannot complete this task with available resources. Choose less data or close other applications. My file is only about 3mb in size, made up of 17 worksheets. These sheets are calculated by referencing to another file that contains all of the background data. The data file is also about 3mb, made up of 13 worksheets.

There are probably about 2 - 3 thousand formulas in the file in total, ranging including vlookups, sumifs, sumproducts, etc. When the data was contained within the file there was no problem. I moved each data sheet into a new workbook to trim the size of my file and also stop the incessant calculation and this is when the problem started. Now, when I open the file and am prompted to update, it will update to about half way and then throw up the error message!

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What I am trying to do is cycle though a list of 401 vehicle numbers (the WBSs), using each individual WBS to filter data in another worksheet (sheet "MC01"), and then copy a range of this filtered data into a separate, vehicle specific worksheet (starting at sheet "P1" and continuing to sheet "P401").

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