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How to show trace dependents or precedents arrow in Excel?

In some cases, if there are many formulas in your sheet, you may want to clearly see the relationships among the cells in Excel. To show the trace dependents or precedents arrow will be a good way.

Show trace dependents (precedents) arrow

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Show trace dependents (precedents) arrow


It is easy to show the trace arrows in Excel.

There are two trace arrow types, one is Trace Precedents arrow, and the other is Trace Dependents arrow.

To show Trace Precedents arrow:

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Select cell you need and click Formulas > Trace Precedents.

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To show Trace Dependents arrow:

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Select cell you need and click Formulas > Trace Dependents.

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Tip: You can only add a trace arrow at each time.


Show all trace dependents (precedents) arrow with Kutools for Excel

With Excel built-in function, you only can show one type of trace arrows once time, but with Kutools for Excel's Monitor of Dependents and Precedents, you can show all precedents or dependents or booth precedents and dependents in a range once time.

Kutools for Excel, with more than 120 handy functions, makes your jobs easier. 

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:(Free Download Kutools for Excel Now!)

1. Click Kutools > More, and then enable one operation you need in the sub menu, See screenshot:
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2. Then select a cell or a range that you want to show the trace arrows, and now the type of trace arrow you select are shown in the selection.

Monitor Precedents of Ranges
Monitor Dependents of Ranges
Monitoer Precedents and Dependents
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Note: Click Kutools > More > Monitor Precedents of Ranges/Monitor Dependents of Ranges/Monitoer Precedents and Dependents again to disable it.

Tip. If you want to have a free trial of Kutools for Excel's multiple functions, please go to free download Kutools for Excel first, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


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