## How to convert formula to text string in Excel?

Normally Microsoft Excel will show the calculated results when you enter formulas in cells. However, sometimes you may need to show only the formula in cell, such as ** =CONCATENATE("000", " - 2")**, how will you deal with it? There are several ways to solve this problem:

**Convert formula to text string with Find and Replace feature**

**Convert formula to text string with User Defined Function**

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#### **Convert formula to text string with Find and Replace feature**

Supposing you have a range of formulas in Column C, and you need to show the column with original formulas but not their calculated results as following screenshots shown:

To solve this job, the** Find and Replace** feature may help you, please do as follows:

**1.** Select the calculated result cells that you want to convert to text string.

**2.** Then press **Ctrl + H** keys together to open the **Find and Replace** dialog box, in the dialog, under the **Replace** tab, enter equal **=** sign into the **Find what** text box, and enter **'=** into the **Replace with** text box, see screenshot:

**3.** Then click **Replace All** button, you can see all the calculated results are replaced with the original formula text strings, see screenshot:

#### **Convert formula to text string with User Defined Function**

The following VBA code also can help you easily deal with it.

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

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

Function ShowF(Rng As Range) ShowF = Rng.Formula End Function

**3**. In a blank cell, such as Cell D2, enter a formula **=ShowF(C2)**.

** 4.** Then click the Cell D2, and drag the Fill Handle to the range that you need.

#### **Convert formula to text string or vice versa with only one click**

If you have **Kutools for Excel**, with its **Convert Formula to Text** function, you can change multiple formulas to text strings with only one click.

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After installing **Kutools for Excel**, please do as this:

**1**. Select the formulas that you want to convert.

**2**. Click **Kutools** > **Content** > **Convert Formula to Text**, and your selected formulas have been converted to text strings at once, see screenshot:

**Tips: If you want to convert the formula text strings back to the calculated results, please just apply the Convert Text to Formula utility as following screenshot shown:**

If you want to know more about this feature, please visit **Convert Formula to Text**.

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#### **Demo: Convert formula to text string or vice versa with Kutools for Excel**

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