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How to show calculation steps in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2014-07-30

When you do some calculations in Excel, and if there gets some error results in the end, you can view the calculation steps to find out where goes wrong and then correct it.

Show and view calculation steps with Evaluate Formula function

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In Excel, you can apply the Evaluate Formula function to view the calculation steps.

1. Select a single formula cell, and click Formulas > Evaluate Formula, Then an Evaluate Formula dialog pops out. See screenshot:


2. In the Evaluate Formula dialog, you can click Evaluate button to show the calculation steps. (Clicking the Evaluate button one time will display one calculation step.)


3. Then after viewing the calculation steps, you can click Close button to close the dialog.

Note: You also can click Step In to view each cell’s data, and then click Step Out to go back. (Each cell needed to click Step In once time.)


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Here's a free google-sheet formula parse and evaluate tool for untangling formulae:

It's free. It's tiny. It's just a simple shared google-sheet file (with no macros, add-ons or fancy stuff). Click the link to make your own copy. Have a try, and if you like it, bookmark it for future use while fighting formulae in google-sheet.

I made it to make up for the lack in google sheet of the Evaluate Formula (F9) parser native to Excel. It analyses any formula pasted into yellow cell G1, splitting and colouring them by depth or by chosen characters, and referencing them against the available formulae to see where brackets or commas are likely to have been omitted or put in the wrong place. A handy tool for simple checks, and for making or parsing complex or nested formulas, and for finding 'Parse Error', and diagnosing #REF!, #NAME?, #N/A, #NUM!, #VALUE! error codes.

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Hi. i put sum formula in cell b2 containg 123+33 and in cell c2 25 and got total 25 in cell D2 .but i want actual total in cell d2 that is it will be possible..?
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Thanks a lot regarding the Evaluate Formula. Now i can attest that my MDAS computation is right. Thanks!
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