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How to replace formulas with results or value in Excel?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2020-05-26

Supposing you need to replace formulas with their calculated values in cells, of course you can replace them one by one manually. However, it will waste a lot of time if you are going to replace many ones. Are there easy ways? Yes, the following tricky ways will help you easily replace formulas with their calculated values in selections quickly:

For example, I have a range of formulas, and now I need to replace the formulas with the cell values, as following screenshot shows:

arrow blue right bubble Replace formulas with results or values with Paste Special command

The Microsoft Excel's Paste Special command can help you remove all formulas but remain calculated values in cells.

Step1: Select the range that you will work with.

Step2: Press the Ctrl + C keys to copy the selected cells.

Step3: Right click the selected cells, and click the Paste Values button under Paste Options.

Now you have all formulas in the selection replaced with their calculated values at one time.

arrow blue right bubble Replace formulas with results or values with VBA

For experienced users of Microsoft Excel, VBA macro is another good choice to replace formulas with calculated values quickly.

Step1: Hold down the Alt + F11 keys in Excel, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

Step2: Click Insert > Module, and paste the following macro in the Module Window.

VBA for replacing formulas with calculated values:

Sub DisplayedToActual()
Dim Rng As Range
Dim WorkRng As Range
On Error Resume Next
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
Set WorkRng = Application.Selection
Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8)
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
For Each Rng In WorkRng
    Rng.Value = Rng.Text
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

Step3: Press the F5 key to run this macro. A dialog is displayed for you to select a range to convert to actual values, see screenshot:

Step4: Click OK. and you can see the result shown as below:

arrow blue right bubbleReplace formulas with results or values with Kutools for Excel

If you have Kutools for Excel, its Displayed To Actual tool can help you quickly convert the value or formula in selected cells to the way they are formatted.

Kutools for Excel, with more than 300 handy functions, makes your jobs more easier. 

After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

Step1: Select the range that you will work with.

Step2: Click the Kutools > To Actual, see screenshot:

doc to actual 1 
 doc arrow down
 doc to actual 2

Then the formulas in the selection are converted to the displayed values.

For more detailed information about this feature, please visit Displayed To Actual.

arrow blue right bubbleTo Actual--Replace Formula With Displayed Value

arrow blue right bubble Replace formulas with text by Kutools for Excel

If you want to replace formula with text, you can use Kutools for Excel’s Convert Formula to Text utility to convert formulas to texts at once click.

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

Select the formulas and click Kutools > Content > Convert Formula to Text. See screenshot:
doc replace formula with text 3

doc kutools convert formula to text 2

Then the formulas are converted to text, and if you want to convert them back to formula, just click Kutools > Content > Convert Text to Formula.

arrow blue right bubble Replace Formula with Text

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Hi, Will it be possible to get a Macro that does what the above macro does but for the entire workbook all at once? would be of great help if you can write a macro that can.
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Bah.. nothing new. Already knew all of hose tricks. In fact, I've been using paste special for quite a while. Unfortunately none of those options works for me. I would like to just set my spreadsheets on auto and let Excel do the trick on its own. I was looking to see if the folks at Microsoft have finally left the stone age by coming up with something more creative, more automated than paste special and VBA. Something that does not require cell selection or any other intervention by the user. For instance, it would be handy if there was a way to allow Excel to automatically kill the equations that are no longer needed but without eliminating the values or cell contents. That would be truly awesome. But I guess such a trick is not out of the cave yet so I'll have to live with 'paste special>values' option until we leave Excel prehistory behind.
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Hello Friend,

Can you please make 2 vb code to convert all the linked formula to value
embedded within the formula. And the next to convert to formula again back to
normal with linked path. Like pack unpack option.

I make report in excel file which is linked to various other excel file and
then I have send this report to management but I don't want this to paste
special everytime. I just want to pack the formula and then unpack it when I
need to work on the same file.

I hope you understand my need.


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Can it be possible to apply this macro to specific formula in the range. i.e If we want to convert only vlookup formula to values but not sum formula in the selected range.
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I want to know or to apply script shown in your example but unable to understand about ---- "how to numbering in excel column or row having some cell single and some are merged". Please help me with pdf tutorials with complete explanation or how can i use your tool with complete explanation. Thanks Rakesh Upreti
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