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Excel Guide

How to Show Formulas in Excel: A Step-by-Step Guide

Formulas are a crucial aspect of Excel, and at times, it's necessary to view them directly instead of their results. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to display formulas in Excel.

Step 1: Open the Worksheet

  • Open the Excel worksheet that contains the formulas you want to view.

Step 2: Navigate to the Formulas Tab

  • Click on the "Formulas" tab on the Excel ribbon.

Step 3: Click "Show Formulas"

  • In the "Formula Auditing" group, locate the "Show Formulas" button.
  • Click the "Show Formulas" button. This action will display all the formulas in the cells instead of their results.

Step 4: Toggle Show Formulas

  • If you want to revert to the display of formula results, click the "Show Formulas" button again. This toggle functionality allows you to switch between displaying formulas and their results.

How to Display Formulas for a Specific Cell:

  • Select the cell for which you want to display the formula.
  • Click the "Show Formulas" button. The formula for the selected cell will be shown.

How to Display Formulas for a Range of Cells:

  • Select the range of cells for which you want to display the formulas.
  • Click the "Show Formulas" button. The formulas for all cells in the selected range will be displayed.

How to Display Formulas for an Entire Worksheet:

  • Click the "Show Formulas" button without selecting a specific cell or range. This will display the formulas for the entire worksheet.

Additional Tips:

  1. To enter a formula, start by typing an equal sign (=) followed by the formula. For example, for the sum of cells A1 through A5, type "=SUM(A1:A5)."
  2. To edit a formula, double-click on the cell containing the formula. The formula will be displayed in the formula bar, allowing you to make changes.
  3. If you wish to see all formulas in a worksheet simultaneously, use the "Show Formulas" button on the Formulas tab. This displays formulas for all cells in the worksheet.

By following these steps, you can easily show formulas in Excel, making it easier to understand and troubleshoot complex calculations within your spreadsheet.