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How to convert text strings to formulas in Excel?

If there are lots of text strings as =A1 + B1 format which you need to convert these text strings to real formulas and calculate their values in your worksheet, unfortunately, there is no direct method to solve it in Excel. But, here I can talk about some interesting tricks for you.

Convert text strings to formulas with User Defined Function

Convert text strings to formulas with Kutools for Excel

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The following short VBA code can help you to deal with the problem that convert text to formula as these steps:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: Convert text strings to formulas

Function Eval(Ref As String)
Eval = Evaluate(Ref)
End Function

3. Save this code and return to your worksheet, enter this formula =Eval(C1) into a blank cell (C1 contains the text string cell which you want to convert to formula), see screenshot:


4. Then press Enter key, and select cell D1, drag the fill handle to the range which you want to apply this formula. See screenshot:


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If you don’t like use the above code, you can apply Kutools for Excel’s Convert Text to Formula feature, with its help, you can also convert text strings to formulas at once.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as this:

1. Select the text strings that you want to convert.

2. Click Kutools > Content Converter > Convert Text to Formula, see screenshot:


3. And all your selected text strings have been converted to real formulas and get their values as well. See screenshots:

doc-convert-text--to-formula4 -2 doc-convert-text--to-formula5

To know more about this Convert Text to Formula feature.

Related article:

How to convert formula to text string in Excel?

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    willyfred · 1 years ago
    Hello Johnny
    about Hussein’s issue, if the external workbook is closed INDIRECT gives #REF! error. Do you have other solution?
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      Hasan nasralla · 1 years ago
      use indirect only works with open workbooks.

      solution is to use indirect.ext from morefunc.

      Hasan nasralla
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    Johnny · 1 years ago
    Hi Hussein,

    Just use the INDIRECT function in Excel. Does the same thing.
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    Hussein · 1 years ago
    Greetings, the above code works perfectly inside the same workbook across different sheets, but in case i have a cell reference to an external workbook it returns #VALUE!. the formulas were calculating normally earlier.
    Example for the formula can't be evaluated correctly: IFERROR(INDEX('[Tracking-OSP Outside Riyadh-07-09-2017.xlsx]Tracking WO'!$U$3:$U$19000,MATCH(A3&"",'[Tracking-OSP Outside Riyadh-07-09-2017.xlsx]Tracking WO'!$B$3:$B$19000,0)),INDEX('[Tracking-OSP Outside Riyadh-07-09-2017.xlsx]Tracking WO'!$U$3:$U$19000,MATCH(value(A3),'[Tracking-OSP Outside Riyadh-07-09-2017.xlsx]Tracking WO'!$B$3:$B$19000,0))).
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    Tamarind · 1 years ago
    The replace = with = works, so relieved. Thank you to whoever discovered and shared this nugget of Excel gold.
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    Rich · 2 years ago
    To clarify my other comment, I mass replaced the "=" character with the same "=" character, and that made the strings turn into formulas.