How to Add Solver to Excel on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to add Solver to Excel on Mac! Solver is a powerful tool that can help you find optimal solutions for complex problems. By following these steps, you’ll be able to add Solver to your Excel application on Mac and unlock its potential.

Step 1: Install Microsoft Office

In order to use Solver in Excel on Mac, you need to have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. If you already have it installed, you can skip this step.

Otherwise, follow these instructions:

  1. Visit the Microsoft Office website – Go to the official Microsoft Office website and sign in with your Microsoft account or create a new one if you don’t have an account yet.
  2. Download the installer – Once signed in, navigate to the download page and select the version of Microsoft Office that suits your needs. Click on the “Download” button.
  3. Install Microsoft Office – Locate the downloaded installer file and double-click on it. Follow the instructions provided by the installer to complete the installation process.

Step 2: Open Excel

To begin using Solver in Excel, launch the application by clicking on its icon in the Applications folder or by searching for it using Spotlight.

Step 3: Enable Solver Add-in

Solver is an add-in that needs to be enabled before you can access its functionality. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on “Excel” in the menu bar – Once Excel is open, click on “Excel” in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  2. Select “Preferences” – From the drop-down menu, select “Preferences” to open the Excel Preferences window.
  3. Go to “Add-ins” – In the Excel Preferences window, navigate to the “Add-ins” tab.
  4. Check “Solver” – Look for “Solver” in the list of available add-ins and check the box next to it to enable it.
  5. Click on “OK” – Once you’ve enabled Solver, click on the “OK” button to save your changes and close the Excel Preferences window.

Step 4: Accessing Solver

Now that you’ve enabled Solver, you can access it through the Data tab in Excel:

  1. Click on “Data” in the menu bar – In Excel, click on “Data” in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  2. Select “Solver..” – From the drop-down menu, select “Solver.” to open the Solver Parameters window.

Step 5: Using Solver

The Solver Parameters window allows you to define your problem and find optimal solutions. Here are some key features:

Solving Method

The Solving Method section lets you choose between different solving methods:

  • Solve for a specific solution: Finds a specific solution based on your defined constraints.
  • Solve for all possible solutions: Finds all possible solutions that meet your defined constraints.

Target Cell and Constraints

In this section, you define the Target cell that Solver will optimize and any constraints that need to be considered. You can specify the Target cell, set constraints on other cells, and define limits or conditions.


The Options section allows you to customize Solver’s behavior by specifying various parameters such as precision, iterations, and tolerance.

Click “Solve”

Once you’ve set up your problem and defined the necessary parameters, click on the “Solve” button in the Solver Parameters window to let Solver find the optimal solution.

Congratulations! You have successfully added Solver to Excel on your Mac.

Now you can use this powerful tool to solve complex problems and optimize your spreadsheets. Remember to save your work regularly and explore the different options available in Solver to enhance your experience.

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