FIX: Excel cannot complete this task with available resources

This issue happens when an Excel spreadsheet is too big. If your spreadsheet contains more than 10,000 rows, you may see this error.

It can also happen when a cell’s total character count surpasses 32,767. This error occurs if you exceed the limit. This error occurs when a calculation’s nested loop of functions surpasses 64. The maximum is 64.

Check if you are exceeding defined limits

When working with a large number of computations and operations, Microsoft Excel has several limitations.

To ensure that the functions and computations in the Excel spreadsheet run properly, you must operate within the stated boundaries.

The boundaries were established in the preceding section. For further information, see this reference for a complete list of limits and requirements.

If you’ve double-checked that the Excel workbook isn’t overflowing, but you’re still getting an error, try the following next steps.

Close all other applications

This issue occurs when your system’s RAM is insufficient owing to other apps running in the background.

Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.

Select any apps that you are not currently using and click End Task.

Try re-opening your Excel file to see if the issue has been fixed.

Hardware and Software upgrade

It is necessary to upgrade your present RAM to at least 8 GB if it is less than that amount (less than 4 GB).

Also available is the option of upgrading to Microsoft Excel 64 bit, which is capable of handling bigger worksheets with relative ease.

As a result, if you get the message “Excel cannot execute this action with the resources available” when working with an Excel worksheet, you shouldn’t be concerned. Excel “available resources” issues can be resolved by following the troubleshooting steps outlined in this article.


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