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How to Show Formulas Instead of Values or Results

When we type a formula in Excel and press the enter key, it will return with the calculated result, while the formula may be seen in the formula bar. However, it is possible to display formulas rather than the calculated result. In this tutorial, we will learn how to show formula in a single cell, selected cells, or print formulas.

Figure 1 – How to show all formulas instead of the result

Show Formula in Excel rather than values

  • We will prepare a data table

Figure 2 – Show formula in excel


  • We will click on the Formula Tab and select Show Formulas from the Formula Auditing group. 


Figure 3 – How to display formulas in excel

    • Excel Instantly returns with the formulas in our cells rather than their results

Figure 4 – Excel Showing formula instead of value

  • Alternatively, we can use the show formulas excel shortcut. We will click on the cell whose formula we want to show and press the short cut key (Ctrl +)

Show Formula in Worksheets in Excel

If we have lots of worksheets and wish to show formula in all cells in that worksheet, here’s what we will do;

  • We will go to the File Tab and select Options

Figure 5 – How do you display formulas in excel 


  • In the left pane, we will select Advanced and scroll down to Display Options for this worksheet


Figure 6 – Show cells in excel


  • In the section menu, we will select the worksheet we want to Show formulas in cells instead of their calculated results. 


  • We will click OK. 

Figure 7 – Excel cells show formula instead of the result

Show Formula in Selected Cells

  • We will go to Home, choose to Find & Select and pick Replace

Figure 8 – Excel showing formula instead of value

  • In the Find and Replace dialog box, we will need the symbol “=” in Find what field and Replace with field. 

Figure 9 – How to show all formulas in excel

  • We will click on Replace All.
  • Now, we can see all the formulas in the selected cells. 

Note – If we click a cell with a formula and the formula does not show up, then it is possible that the formula is hidden and the worksheet is protected. 

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