This is how you can fix the Calc spreadsheet error 502.
If you are an avid user of spreadsheet programs such as Excel, Calc in OpenOffice or LibreOffice, you might have encountered the Err:502 while performing calculations using functions. Here’s how you can fix it.
What is Err 502
As the Calc manual says – it occurs when – “A function argument has an invalid value or invalid function argument”. It can happen to any function if you are passing invalid arguments which it was not supposed to receive.
How to fix Err 502
A typical way to fix this error is – check each and every function and its parameters which you are passing. Likely you are providing some incorrect argument that is causing this error.
See some examples below.
- If you pass a negative number to SQRT (square root) function – Error 502 would be thrown by Calc. Because it expects a positive number and you are passing a negative.
- If you are using VLOOKUP and trying to return some value from the column, but the column number doesn’t exist in the selected table, you would get Error 502.
Almost all functions can return Error 502 if you pass an invalid argument. Carefully checking your spreadsheet to find out about the error assessing the arguments is the recommended way to solve this problem.
Time needed: 5 minutes.
How to fix Error 502 in Calc
- Select the Cell in Calc which contains the Err 502
Select the cell
- Analyze the function
Analyze the argument of the functions or functions (in case of nested formula) and change the arguments.
- Run your formula
Recalculate Calc formula to eliminate Err 502.
Are you facing the Error 502 problem and unable to solve it? Drop a comment below for help.
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