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# Solve Any Sudoku Puzzle with Excel Macros and Formulas

## What is Sudoku and why is it fun?

Sudoku is a number-based logic puzzle played on a 9x9 grid. The objective is to fill each row, column, and 3x3 sub-grid with the numbers 1 to 9, without repeating any number in the same row, column, or sub-grid. The puzzle starts with some numbers already filled in and the player must use logic to fill in the remaining squares.

### The rules and logic of Sudoku

The rules of Sudoku are simple, but the logic can be challenging. Here are some tips to help you solve Sudoku puzzles:

• Look for rows, columns, or sub-grids that have only one empty square. You can easily fill that square with the missing number.

• Look for numbers that are already present in eight out of nine squares in a row, column, or sub-grid. You can eliminate those numbers from the remaining square.

• Look for pairs or triples of numbers that appear only in two or three squares in a row, column, or sub-grid. You can eliminate those numbers from the other squares in that row, column, or sub-grid.

• Use pencil marks to keep track of possible candidates for each empty square. You can erase them as you eliminate them.

• Use logic and deduction to narrow down the possibilities and find the solution.

### The benefits of playing Sudoku

Playing Sudoku is not only fun, but also good for your brain. Here are some benefits of playing Sudoku:

• It improves your memory and concentration.

• It enhances your logical thinking and problem-solving skills.

• It reduces stress and anxiety.

• It boosts your self-esteem and confidence.

• It prevents cognitive decline and dementia.

## How to solve Sudoku puzzles with Excel

If you want to solve Sudoku puzzles faster and easier, you can use Excel as a tool. Excel is a powerful spreadsheet software that can perform calculations, create charts, and run macros. A macro is a set of instructions that can automate tasks and perform complex operations. You can download a macro-enabled file that contains a Sudoku solver for Excel from various sources online. We will review three options below.

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#### Option 1: Excel Exercise's Sudoku Solver

This option is from , a website that offers tutorials and exercises on how to use Excel. Their Sudoku solver is a simple but effective tool that can solve any Sudoku puzzle in seconds. Here are some features of their Sudoku solver:

• It works in both Excel and OpenOffice Calc.

• It uses simple formulas that work in both software grid with a green font color.

• If the puzzle has more than one solution, you will see a message that says "Multiple solutions found". You can click on the "Next" and "Previous" buttons to see the different solutions.

• If the puzzle has no solution, you will see a message that says "No solution found". You can check your grid for errors or try a different puzzle.

Some of the Sudoku solvers for Excel also allow you to load Sudoku puzzles from the file. This means you can save your puzzles and solutions in the same file and access them later. To load a Sudoku puzzle from the file, you need to follow these steps:

• Click on the "Load" button in the toolbar or press "Ctrl+L" on your keyboard.

• A window will pop up that shows a list of Sudoku puzzles that are saved in the file.

• Select the puzzle that you want to load and click on the "OK" button.

• The puzzle will appear in the grid with a blue font color.

• You can solve the puzzle as usual or click on the "Show Solution" button to see the solution.

## Conclusion and FAQs

### Summary of the main points

In this article, we have learned what Sudoku is, why it is fun, and how to solve any Sudoku puzzle with Excel. We have also compared three different options for downloading a Sudoku solver for Excel and shown you how to use them. We hope you have enjoyed this article and found it useful. Here are some key points to remember:

• Sudoku is a number-based logic puzzle played on a 9x9 grid.

• Playing Sudoku can improve your memory, concentration, logic, problem-solving, stress relief, self-esteem, and cognitive health.

• You can use Excel as a tool to solve any Sudoku puzzle in seconds.

• You can download a macro-enabled file that contains a Sudoku solver for Excel from various sources online.

• You need to enable the macro and reset the grid before using the Sudoku solver for Excel.

• You can fill your grid, click the solve button, and see the solution in seconds.

• You can also load Sudoku puzzles from the file and save your puzzles and solutions in the same file.

• Q: Is it cheating to use a Sudoku solver for Excel?

• A: No, it is not cheating to use a Sudoku solver for Excel. It is just a tool that can help you solve any Sudoku puzzle faster and easier. You can use it as a learning aid, a time-saver, or a fun way to challenge yourself. However, if you are playing Sudoku in a competition or for a prize, you should not use any external help.

• Q: How can I create my own Sudoku puzzles with Excel?

• A: You can create your own Sudoku puzzles with Excel by using the same logic and formulas that are used in the Sudoku solver for Excel. You can start with an empty grid and fill in some numbers randomly or following a pattern. Then, you can use the solve button to check if your puzzle has a unique solution. If not, you can adjust your numbers until you get a valid puzzle. You can also use the generate button to create random Sudoku puzzles for you.

• Q: How can I print my Sudoku puzzles and solutions with Excel?

• A: You can print your Sudoku puzzles and solutions with Excel by using the print button in the toolbar or pressing "Ctrl+P" on your keyboard. You can choose to print only the puzzle, only the solution, or both. You can also adjust the print settings such as orientation, margins, scaling, headers, footers, etc.

• Q: How can I share my Sudoku puzzles and solutions with others?

• A: You can share your Sudoku puzzles and solutions with others by saving your Excel file and sending it via email, cloud storage, social media, etc. You can also copy and paste your grid into another document or format such as Word, PDF, image, etc. However, make sure that the recipient has Excel installed and can enable macros to use the Sudoku solver for Excel.

• Q: Where can I find more Sudoku puzzles to play?

• A: You can find more Sudoku puzzles to play online or offline. Online, you can visit websites that offer free Sudoku puzzles of different types and difficulty levels. Some examples are , etc. Offline, you can buy Sudoku books, magazines, newspapers, or apps that offer Sudoku puzzles of different types and difficulty levels. You can also create your own Sudoku puzzles with Excel or other tools.

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