How to show formulas in cells in Excel?

Sometime we may need to show formulas in cells instead of their calculated results. Here we will provide you with two methods to display formulas in cells.

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Show formulas in cells by setting Excel options

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Show formulas in cells of specified range with Kutools for Excel

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By default, it will display the formulas' calculated results in Microsoft Excel cells. We can only view formulas in the Formulas Bars when we select specific cell. It is not easy to view all formulas in the whole worksheet. Actually, we can modify the viewing setting in Excel Options dialog box, and show all formulas in cells:

1. Click the File > Options in Excel 2010/2013, or click  Office Button > Excel Options in Excel 2007;

2. Now you get into the Excel Option dialog box, and select the Advanced category at left side, scroll down to the Display options for this worksheet section, and check the Show formulas in cells instead of their calculated results option;

3. Click OK button to save the settings. See screenshot (Fig. 1).

Then it will show formulas in cells instead of their calculated results.


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Kutools for Excel will help us easily toggle between viewing formulas' calculated results in cells and displaying formulas in cells with View Options tool.

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Please apply the utility by clicking Kutools > Show / Hide > View Options. See screenshot:

1. Click Kutools > Show / Hide > View Options, a dialog will be displayed in the screen.

2. Check Formulas in the View Options dialog, and click Ok, see screenshot:

You will see the formula in the cells as shown as bellow:

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Both above methods will show all formulas in current worksheet, and change the column width automatically in Excel. But sometimes you may just want to show formulas in specified range. In this condition, you can try Kutools for Excel’s Convert Formula to Text utility.

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Select the range in which you will show formulas in cells, and click the Kutools > Content > Convert Formula to Text.

Then you will see all formulas in the selected range are shown immediately.

Note: If you want to show the calculated results instead of formulas again, just select the range you will convert, and then click the Kutools > Content > Convert Text to Formula.

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