When you’re working with a large spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel, it can be difficult to keep track of which cell contains the data you’re looking for. To make it easier to find your data, you can use tracer arrows to show the relationships between cells. Tracer arrows are blue lines with arrows in Excel that connect cells that contain related data. Tracer arrows make it easy to see which cells are referenced by a formula, and which cells reference other cells. In this article, I’ll show you how to add and remove a blue line with arrows in Excel with ease.

## What Is Blue Line with Arrows in Excel?

The blue lines with arrows are basically the tracer arrows. The tracer arrows show the relationship between cells used in a formula. Tracer arrows are of 2 types. There are:

**Trace Precedents Arrow:**These blue lines with arrows show which cells are connected with the formula in the active cell. Here’s an example of the precedent arrows:

**Trace Dependents Arrow:**These blue lines with arrows show the cells that used the active cell. Here’s an example of the dependent arrows:

## How to Add Blue Line with Arrows in Excel

### 1. Add Precedent Arrows

In cell **D8**, I used the formula. Which is,

`=$D$4*C8`

Thus, cell **D8 **is preceded by cells **D4 **and **C8**. However, we can see this relation using the **Trace Precedents** command. This command will display a blue line with arrows to show the dependency.

To show the precedent cells using blue lines with arrows,

❶ Select cell **D8**.

❷ Then go to the** Formulas** tab in the ribbon.

❸ In the **Formula Auditing **group, click on the **Trace Precedents** command.

This will show all the precedents of the formula used in cell **D8 **using a blue line with arrows.

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### 2. Add Dependent Arrows

The value of cell **C8 **is used in the formula in cell **D8**. The formula is,

`=$D$4*C8`

Thus, cell **D8 **is dependent on cells **D4 **and **C8**. However, we can see the relationship between cells **C8 **and **D8 **using the **Trace Dependents** command. This command will display a blue line with arrows to show the dependency.

To show the dependent cells using blue lines with arrows,

❶ Select cell **C8**.

❷ Then go to the **Formulas **tab in the ribbon.

❸ In the **Formula Auditing** group, click on the **Trace Dependents** command.

This will show all the dependent cells of cell **C8 **using a blue line with arrows.

## How to Remove Blue Line with Arrows in Excel

### 1. Remove All Tracer Arrows

Removing all the tracer arrows is quite simple whether it is precedent lines or dependent lines.

To remove all the tracer arrows,

❶ Go to the **Formulas **tab first.

❷ Then click on the **Remove Arrows** command in the **Formula Auditing** group.

This will remove all the blue lines with arrows whether they are lines line **Trace Precedents **or **Trace Dependents** command.

### 2. Remove Precedent Arrows

To remove all the blue lines created by the **Trace Precedents** command,

❶ Go to the **Formulas **tab first.

❷ Then click on the **Remove Arrows **drop-down in the **Formula Auditing **group.

❸ Finally, click on the **Remove Precedent Arrows**.

This command will remove all the precedent blue arrows created by the **Trace Precedents **command.

### 3. Remove Dependent Arrows

To remove all the blue lines created by the **Trace Dependents** command,

❶ Go to the **Formulas **tab first.

❷ Then click on the **Remove Arrows** drop-down in the **Formula Auditing** group.

❸ Finally, click on the **Remove Dependent Arrows**.

This command will remove all the dependent blue arrows created by the **Trace Dependents **command.

**Read More:** How to Remove Tracer Arrows in Excel

## Practice Section

You will get an Excel sheet like the following screenshot, at the end of the provided Excel file where you can practice all the topics discussed in this article.

**Download Practice Workbook**

You can download the Excel file from the following link and practice along with it.

## Conclusion

To sum up, we have discussed the process of adding or removing a blue line with arrows in Excel. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comment section below. We will try to respond to all the relevant queries ASAP.

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