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View this topic on docs.devexpress.com (Learn more) ## Calculation ProcessThis article provides information about the WinForms Spreadsheet's calculation process. ## Calculation Engine Type
Use the DocumentOptions.CalculationEngineType property to specify the computational model the Spreadsheet control should use when it calculates formulas in a workbook.
The Spreadsheet control inspects existing formulas to determine dependents (CellRange.DirectDependents, CellRange.Dependents) and precedents (CellRange.DirectPrecedents, CellRange.Precedents) for cells and build the dependency tree. The Spreadsheet control then constructs the calculation chain that lists cells in the order they should be calculated. The calculation chain can change after each calculation because the calculation engine attempts to find the fastest way to calculate a workbook. The engine can calculate cells multiple times until it constructs the correct calculation sequence. The Spreadsheet control saves this calculation sequence to the document and uses it in subsequent calculations. When you change a cell value, the calculation chain determines cells that should be recalculated and marks them as needing calculation. It also recalculates cells that always need calculation. Use the chain-based calculation engine in the WinForms Spreadsheet and WPF Spreadsheet controls. It consumes more memory but increases performance.
When you edit data in a worksheet, all cells are marked for calculation. The Spreadsheet control performs calculations on demand (for instance, to display a cell value). The recursive engine does not need resources to store and maintain the dependency tree, so it is best suited for server-side components such as the Workbook. Server-based calculations are usually performed only once when a document is saved. ## Cells That Always Need Calculation
Regardless of the calculation engine type you use, there are cells that always need recalculation ( -
cells with volatile functions -
cells with references to other cells that always need recalculation -
cells with circular references.
A circular reference occurs when a formula directly or indirectly refers to its own cell. Set the CalculationOptions.Iterative option to ## Volatile Functions
Volatile functions (for example, RAND(), NOW(), TODAY(), and so on) can return a different result on each recalculation even if its arguments are the same. Whenever the Spreadsheet control recalculates a workbook, it also updates volatile function values. If your custom function is volatile, implement the IFunction.Volatile property to return ## Calculation Options
Use the DocumentSettings.Calculation property to access various calculation options the table below lists.
## Calculation Mode
Use the CalculationOptions.Mode property to specify the calculation mode.
Use the OpenXmlDocumentImporterOptions.OverrideCalculationMode and XlsDocumentImporterOptions.OverrideCalculationMode properties to change the calculation mode for a loaded XLSX or XLS document. ## Force Calculation
You can also use the following key combinations to recalculate spreadsheet formulas.
## Custom Calculation Service
Implement the ICustomCalculationService interface to adjust the calculation process when the CalculationEngineType.ChainBased calculation engine is used. This service allows you to: -
Determine when the calculation process starts and ends for a workbook, and cancel the calculation. -
Specify whether to mark CalculateAlways cells for calculation. -
Determine when the calculation starts and ends for a cell, and cancel the calculation. The cell can get an arbitrary value in this case. -
Determine when the calculation starts for cells with circular references, and cancel the calculation. -
Determine when the calculation ends for cells with circular references, and obtain their list.
Tip
You can find an example on how to implement If you implement ICustomCalculationService, the Spreadsheet control uses only one thread to calculate formulas. ## Multi-Threaded Calculations
The Spreadsheet control supports multi-threaded operations for the CalculationEngineType.ChainBased calculation engine to increase formula calculation performance. Use the CalculationOptions.ThreadCount property to specify the number of calculation threads the Spreadsheet control should use. To disable multi-threaded calculations, set the CalculationOptions.EnableMultiThreading option to |