Out, Out, Green Triangles

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

Q. Some cells in my spreadsheets contain little green triangles in the upper left-hand corner (see screenshot at right), and I can’t get rid of them, though sometimes—through no apparent effort on my part—they just disappear. Is my software infected with the dreaded green triangle virus?

A. No, it’s not a virus. Those green triangles are Excel’s way of telling you it believes the cells contain an error. Of course, sometimes Excel is wrong, but such error-flagging is a handy fail-safe function.

Why it happens: Excel 2002 and 2003 constantly work in the background scanning for possible errors. You can turn off the feature by clicking on Tools , Options and the Error Checking tab and unchecking the Enable background error checking . Then click on OK .

SPONSORED REPORT

CPEOs provide peace of mind around payroll services

The creation of these new IRS-certified service providers for small businesses clarifies some issues around traditional professional employer organizations.

QUIZ

Pronoun practice to help polish your prose

Using pronouns correctly in writing and speech can help you make a good impression. Try our 10-question quiz.