# Excel/Excel Solver

Question
Hi Aidan,

How are you?

I thought you might be able to help me on this one. I want to use the Solver in Excel to calculate cell A1.

Name of cells:

A1 = Sales
A2 = Cost = 1,000\$
A3 = Commission (5% of Sales)
A4 = Net profit (A4 = A1-A2-A3 AND 10% of Sales)

The only constant is Cost = 1,000\$.

The target cell is A1. We want the amount of Sales that will produce a net profit of 10% of Sales.

Thanks!

Claude

Thanks for the question Claude - all is well here!

To use Solver, I think you are going to need to use A5 as well - into which enter =a4/a1

Solver should THEN work by letting you change A1 to get A5 to be a value of .1

The answer I got for this using solver (If I've understood the question correctly) is 1176.46726045588 - not very round, but I don't think you can get an exact answer on this one!  I didn't totally follow A4 - I've used =A1-A2-A3 as my formula which I think is what you meant.
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#### Aidan Heritage

##### Expertise

I have provided first hand support since `95 for Microsoft Office majoring in Word and Excel - support for all versions from 2 onwards. I'm based in the UK, so please allow for time differences when asking me questions from other parts of the world!

##### Experience

My background is in the insurance industry and call centre areas, but have been called upon to provide many varied solutions.

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I'm educated to UK A level standard, but as I left school some 30 years ago that is rather irrelevent - university of life has provided more of a background!