How to Show Formulas in Microsoft Excel

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In Brief...

Sometimes it is useful to see the formulas in all the cells in a worksheet rather than the values. To show formulas in Excel, follow these simple steps.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Excel: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. Select any cell in the worksheet in which you want to show the formulas.

  2. On the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas command.
    Show Formulas

  3. Instead of values, you can now see the formulas in each cell.
    Formulas Shown

  4. To go back to showing values, simply click the Show Formulas command again.

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