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How to show cell reference (as text) instead of value and vice versa in Excel?

Normally formula cells display calculated results in Excel, and it’s boring to click each cell to view its cell reference. Here I will share three methods to show all cell references instead of values and vice versa in current worksheet, and to show specified cell references as text instead of values and vice versa.

Show all cell reference instead of value and vice versa in the specified range

Show all cell reference instead of value and vice versa in active sheet

Show all cell reference instead of value and vice versa in all sheets

One click to show all cell reference (as text) instead of values in selection, and vice versa


We can quickly show all cell references instead of calculated results of formulas with clicking Formulas > Show Formulas. See screenshot below:

If you need to show all calculated results again in cells, please click the Show Formulas button again.

On the other hand, some users may want to show specified cell reference as text instead of values, but not all cell references of all formula cells. Here I recommend you to try Kutools for Excel’s Convert Formula to Text utility and Convert Text to Formula utility.

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Select the formula cells in which you want to display cell references as text instead of calculated results, and click Kutools > Content > Convert Formula to Text.

Note: In contrast, for showing calculated results instead of formulas, please select these formulas and click Kutools > Content > Convert Text to Formula. See screenshot above.

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As we know, the Formulas > Show Formulas can only show/hide formulas in the active sheet. For show or hide all cell reference instead of values or vice versa in all worksheets, please try Kutools for Excel's View Options feature.

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1. Click the Kutools > Show / Hide > View Options. See screenshot below:

2. In the opening View Options dialog box, please check the Formulas option, and then click the Apply to all sheets button and Ok button successively. See screenshot below:

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