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How to hide formula but display the result without protecting worksheet in Excel?

In some cases, you may need to hide formulas in your worksheet for private. This article is talking about hiding formulas but displaying results without protecting worksheet in Excel.

Hide formula but display result without protecting worksheet with VBA code


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Hide formula but display result without protecting worksheet with VBA code


To hide formulas but displaying results without protecting a worksheet, please do as follows.

1. In the worksheet you need to hide formulas but displaying the results, please right click the sheet tab, and select View Code from the right-clicking menu.

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

VBA code: hide formula but display result without protecting worksheet

Dim xDic As New Dictionary
Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
    Dim xCell As Range
    Dim xRg As Range
    Set xRg = Range("C1:C10")
    If xDic.Count <> xRg.Count Then
        For Each xCell In xRg
            xDic.Add xCell.Address, xCell.FormulaR1C1
        Next
    End If
    If (Target.Count = 1) And (Not Application.Intersect(xRg, Target) Is Nothing) And (Target.HasFormula) Then
        With Target
            .Value = .Value
        End With
    Else
        For Each xCell In xRg
            xCell.Formula = xDic.Item(xCell.Address)
        Next
    End If
End Sub

Note: In the code, C1:C10 is the cell range which you want to hide formulas inside. Please change it based on your needs.

3. Then click Tools > References…. Check the Microsoft Script Runtime box and click the OK button in the References – VBAProject window. See screenshot:

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

From now on, when you click on the cell in the specified range, the formula will be hidden immediately in the Formula Bar.


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    Ajay Bote · 1 days ago
    I tried using the VBA code but after applying this code my excel is getting slow and hanged.please help me in resolving this issue.
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    A.B. Mati · 7 months ago
    There is easy way as well.
    Select the cell or cells you want to hide the formula or data.
    Go to Home --> Format --> Format Cells --> Number --> Custom
    Under Type, Remove General and Enter """"
    The cell value or formula do not appear on the screen
    However it will appear in the Formula bar if you select the cell.
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    mreshane · 11 months ago
    It keep saying debugging and it refresh in every seconds...
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    Sandip · 1 years ago
    I was copied the whole world but still give error as user-defined type not defined so what can I do
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    Jenessy · 1 years ago
    I tried using the VBA code and I was given an error message stating that I needed to debug the following part of the code: " If xDic.Count <> xRg.Count Then"
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      crystal · 1 years ago
      Dear Jenessy,
      Which Office version do you use?
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        sabith · 1 years ago
        for me also same error
        office version 2013
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          crystal · 1 years ago
          Good Day,
          Please copy the whole script include the first line "Dim xDic As New Dictionary".
          Miss the first line in the code will cause this error.