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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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:

  • Click the File tab in Excel 2010/2013, Office Button in Excel 2007;
  • Click the Option button at left bar;
  • 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;
  • Check the Show formulas in cells instead of their calculated results option;
  • Click OK button to save the settings. See screenshot (Fig. 1).

If you are using Microsoft Excel 2007, you can get into the Excel Option dialog box with clicking the Office Button at upper-left corner and Excel Options button.

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:

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

Step 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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