How to add excel solver on mac

July 21, 2022
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A feature in Excel called solver leverages methods from operations research to identify the best answers to all types of decision-making issues.

Load the solver Add-in in excel online, 2016 and 2019

To do so, follow the followig steps:

1. Click options on the file tab.

2. Select the Solver Add-in option under Add-ins and press the Go button.

Click Solver Add-in

3. Check the box of Solver add-in and click on ok.

Check Solver Add-in

4. The Solver is located in the Analyze group under the Data tab.

Click Solver

How to Formulate the model in excel

The Excel file for the model we're trying to solve looks like this.

Formulate the Model

1. Answer the following three questions to create this linear programming model.

  • What choices need to be made? To solve this issue, we need Excel to determine how many of each product to order (bicycles, mopeds and child seats).

  • What limitations apply to these choices? The limitations in this case are that the goods' usage of capital and storage cannot go beyond the finite amount of these resources. For instance, each bicycle requires 300 capital units and 0.5 storage units.

  • What is the overall performance standard for these choices? The goal is to maximise this amount since the combined earnings from the three goods serves as the primary performance indicator.

2. Add the three SUMPRODUCT functions below.

Sumproduct Functions

Trial and Error in excel

It is simple to analyse any experiment solution using this formulation.

The overall number of resources utilised, for instance, does not exceed the whole amount of resources available if we purchase 20 bicycles, 40 mopeds, and 100 kid seats. This solution has a total profit of 19000.

Trial Solution

Using trial and error is not required. Next, we'll go through how to rapidly locate the best solution using the Excel Solver.

How to solve the model in excel online 2016 and 2019

1. Click Solver under the Analyze group on the Data tab.

Click Solver

2. Put the solver's parameters in (read on). The outcome must match the illustration below.

Solver Parameters

3. For the Objective, enter TotalProfit.

4. Click Max.

5. For the Changing Variable Cells, enter OrderSize.

6. To insert the next limitation, click Add.

Add Constraint

7. Choose Simplex LP and check Make Unconstrained Variables Non-Negative.

8. Now, click solve.

Solver Results

Note: This was an attempt to show you how to add excel solver in excel online, 2016 and 2019, in both windows and mac. 

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