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Show Formulas in Excel

Use a keyboard shortcut to show formulas in Excel

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Show Formulas in Excel Spreadsheets

Show Formulas in Excel Spreadsheets

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Related Tutorials: Excel Keyboard Shortcuts

The key combination that can be used to show formulas is:

Ctrl + `

Show Formulas using Shortcut Keys

  1. Press and hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard

  2. Press and release the
    grave accent key ( ` ) key on the keyboard without releasing the Ctrl key

  3. Release the Ctrl key

The grave accent key is located next to the number 1 key on the top left corner of the keyboard and looks like a backwards apostrophe.

About Show formulas

  • Show formulas does not change the spreadsheet, only the way it is displayed.

  • Makes it easy to find cells containing formulas

  • It allows you to quickly read through all formulas to check for errors

  • When you click on a formula, Excel outlines in color the cell references used in the formula. This helps you to trace the data being used in a formula.

  • Print spreadsheets with show formulas turned on. Doing so, will allow you to search a spreadsheet for hard to find errors.

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