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How to extract cell reference from formulas in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2017-07-24

Supposing you have some long formulas, and now, you want to extract all cell references from the formulas as following screenshot shown. How could you extract the cell references from formulas as quickly as you can?

Extract cell references from formulas with User Defined Function

Extract cell references from formulas with User Defined Function

To extract the cell references from formulas, the below VBA code may do you a favor. Please do as follows:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

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

VBA code: Extract cell references from formulas:

Function ExtractCellRefs(Rg As Range) As String
'Updateby Extendoffice
    Dim xRetList As Object
    Dim xRegEx As Object
    Dim I As Long
    Dim xRet As String
    Set xRegEx = CreateObject("VBSCRIPT.REGEXP")
    With xRegEx
        .Pattern = "('?[a-zA-Z0-9\s\[\]\.]{1,99})?'?!?\$?[A-Z]{1,3}\$?[0-9]{1,7}(:\$?[A-Z]{1,3}\$?[0-9]{1,7})?"
        .Global = True
        .MultiLine = True
        .IgnoreCase = False
    End With
    Set xRetList = xRegEx.Execute(Rg.Formula)
    If xRetList.Count > 0 Then
        For I = 0 To xRetList.Count - 1
            xRet = xRet & xRetList.Item(I) & ", "
        ExtractCellRefs = Left(xRet, Len(xRet) - 2)
        ExtractCellRefs = "No Matches"
    End If
End Function

3. After pasting the code, save the code and go back to the worksheet, and enter this formula: =extractcellrefs(G2) (G2 is the cell which contains formula you want to extract the cell references) into a cell where you want to get the result, and then press Enter key, all the cell references have been extracted from the formula, see screenshot:

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