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Quickly trace all dependents or precedents in Excel

For instance, there are multiple formulas in a worksheet, and now if you want to display the relationships between the formulas, you need to trace the dependents or precedents in the sheet.

But Excel’s built-in Trace Precedents feature and Trace Dependents feature can only show arrows for one selected cells at a time. Even you waste time to trace precedents or dependents for many cells one by one, the overlapped arrows are not clear for trace. However, Kutools for Excel’s Monitor Precedents and Dependents utility can help you quickly automatically display all dependents and precedents in a selected range in real time with one click.

Trace all dependents and precedents with one click in real time

Trace only dependents or precedents with one click in real time

Click Kutools > More > Monitor Precedents and Dependents. See screenshot:


Trace all dependents and precedents with one click in real time

for showing all dependents and precedents in a range, you just need a click.

Click Kutools > More > Monitor Precedents and Dependents to enable the Monitor Precedents and Dependents in current workbook. See screenshot:

Then when you select a range, all the precedents and dependents of the selected range have been displayed in real time.

Note:

If you want to cancel the trace displaying, just go back to click Kutools > More > Monitor Precedents and Dependents again to disable the utility.


Trace only dependents or precedents with one click in real time

If you just want to trace only the dependents or only the precedents in a range, Kutools for Excel also can help you.

Click Kutools > More  > Monitor Precedents of Ranges/Monitor Dependents of Ranges to enable the trace precedents or trace dependents in current workbook. See screenshot:

Then when you select a range, only the precedents or dependents of the selection have been auto shown in real time. See screenshots:

Trace Precedents   Trace Dependents
shot trace precedents dependents 5   shot trace precedents dependents 6

Note:

If you want to cancel the trace displaying, just go back to click Kutools > More > Monitor Precedents of Ranges/Monitor Dependents of Ranges.


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    Anton · 6 months ago
    Hi. Please, can you add the worksheet icon for precedents? Currently, the little square worksheet icon only pops up for dependencies. I have a summary page and it would be great to understand which cells are reliant on data being imported from other worksheets. Perhaps in this situation, the dashed line can have the arrow pointing the opposite direction (i.e. towards the cell rather than away from it)