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How to automatically expand formula bar in Excel?

As the below screenshot shown, when click a cell with multiple lines content in Excel, only the first line content can be displayed in the Formula Bar. Sometimes you may need to display all content of selected cell in the Formula Bar. Is there any method to automatically expand the Formula Bar to display all content when selecting a cell? This article will show you methods of expanding formula bar automatically in Excel.

Automatically expand formula bar with short cut key
Automatically expand formula bar with VBA code

Automatically expand formula bar with short cut key

You can use short cut key to automatically expand the formula bar. Please do as follows.

1. Select the cell which you want to display all content in the Formula Bar, then press Ctrl + Shift + U keys simultaneously to expand the Formula Bar.

2. Press the Ctrl + Shift + U keys again will collapse the Formula Bar immediately.

Note: The expanded size of the formula bar will be constant if you manually expand the formula bar with dragging. And its expanded size won’t adjust with the number of content.

Automatically expand formula bar with VBA code

If you don’t want to use the short cut key, but prefer to expand the Formula Bar automatically when selecting the cell. You can try the following VBA code.

1. Right click the sheet tab which you want to expand its Formula Bar, then click View Code from the right-clicking menu.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, copy and paste the below VBA code into the Code window.

VBA code: Automatically expand formula bar

Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
    Dim xLen As Long
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    Application.FormulaBarHeight = 1
    If ActiveCell.HasFormula Then
        xLen = Len(ActiveCell.Formula)
        xLen = Len(ActiveCell.Value)
    End If
    If xLen > 100 Then
        With Application
            .FormulaBarHeight = .Min(.Ceiling(xLen, 100), 600) / 100
        End With
    End If
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

3. Press Alt + Q keys simultaneously to close the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

From now on, the Formula Bar will be expanded or collapsed automatically based on the text of selected cell.

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