**Useless Drivel to
impress friends at dinner parties about Excel 2007**

...or how to get rid of annoying
people asking dumb stuff about their computers at a friends party.

**The total number of available columns in Excel**

Old Limit: 256 (2^8)

New Limit: 16k (2^14)

**The total number of available rows in Excel**

Old Limit: 64k (2^16)

New Limit: 1M (2^20)

**Total amount of PC memory that Excel can use**

Old Limit: 1GB

New Limit: Maximum allowed by Windows

**Number of unique colours allowed a single workbook**

Old Limit: 56 (indexed colour)

New Limit: 4.3 billion (32-bit colour)

**Number of conditional format conditions on a cell**

Old Limit: 3 conditions

New Limit: Limited by available memory

**Number of levels of sorting on a range or table**

Old Limit: 3

New Limit: 64

**Number of items shown in the Auto-Filter dropdown**

Old Limit: 1,000

New Limit: 10,000

**The total number of characters that can display in a cell**

Old Limit: 1k (when the text is formatted)

New Limit: 32k or as many as will fit in the cell (regardless of
formatting)

**The number of characters per cell that Excel can print**

Old Limit: 1k

New Limit: 32k

**The total number of unique cell styles in a workbook (combinations of
all cell formatting)**

Old Limit: 4000

New Limit: 64k

**The maximum length of formulas (in characters)**

Old Limit: 1k characters

New Limit: 8k characters

**The number of levels of nesting that Excel allows in formulas**

Old Limit: 7

New Limit: 64

**Maximum number of arguments to a function**

Old Limit: 30

New Limit: 255

**Maximum number of items found by “Find All”**

Old Limit: ~64k (65472)

New Limit: ~2 Billion

**Number of rows allowed in a Pivot Table**

Old Limit: 64k

New Limit: 1M

**Number of columns allowed in a Pivot Table**

Old Limit: 255

New Limit: 16k

**Maximum number of unique items within a single Pivot Field**

Old Limit: 32k

New Limit: 1M

**Length of the MDX name for a Pivot Table item; also the string length
for a relational Pivot Table**

Old Limit: 255 characters

New Limit: 32k

**The length at which fields’ labels are truncated when added to
PivotTable; this also includes caption length limitations**

Old Limit: 255

New Limit: 32k

**The number of fields (as seen in the field list) that a single
PivotTable can have**

Old Limit: 255

New Limit: 16k

**The number of cells that may depend on a single area before Excel must
do full calculations instead of partial calculations (because it can no
longer track the dependencies required to do partial calculations)**

Old Limit: 8k

New Limit: Limited by available memory

**The number of different areas in a sheet that may have dependencies
before Excel must do full calculations instead of partial calculations
(because it can no longer track the dependencies required to do partial
calculations)**

Old Limit: 64k

New Limit: Limited by available memory

**The number of array formulas in a worksheet that can refer to another
(given) worksheet**

Old Limit: 65k

New Limit: Limited by available memory

**The number of categories that custom functions can be bucketed into**

Old Limit: 32

New Limit: 255

**The number of characters that may be updated in a non-resident external
workbook reference**

Old Limit: 255

New Limit: 32k

**Number of rows of a column or columns that can be referred to in an
array formula**

Old Limit: 65,335

New Limit: Limitation removed (full-column references allowed)

**The number of characters that can be stored and displayed in a cell
formatted as Text**

Old Limit: 255

New Limit: 32k

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