Excel has no built-in function to directly copy a formula and later paste it as text. Whatever you paste in Excel cells, if it resembles a formula syntax, Excel considers it as a formula and tries to return its value. But today in this article, you will learn 2 exclusive methods to copy a formula and paste it as text in Excel with ease.

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## 2 Ways to Copy a Formula and Paste as Text in Excel

### 1. Use Text Import Wizard and Notepad to Copy a Formula and Paste it as Text in Excel

This is going to be a long procedure. That’s why I’m gonna break it into several sections for your convenience. So let’s get started.

#### 1.1 Display Cell Formulas

In the following screenshot, you can see the formula result in column **E**.

At first, we will show the underlying formulas in that column. Later, you will copy those formulas and paste them into another column as texts.

To show the hidden formula, we will use a function called **FORMULATEXT**.

Now follow the steps below to show the hidden formulas using the **FORMULATEXT Function**.

❶ First, create a new column with a column header such as Formula.

❷ After that type the following formula in cell **F5**.

`= FORMULATEXT(E5)`

This formula will display the cell formula hidden in cell **E5**.

❸ Now hit the **ENTER** button to execute the formula.

This will show the hidden formula used in cell **E5** in cell **F5**.

❹ To apply the formula all over the Formula column, drag the **Fill Handle** icon to the end of the column, **Formula**.

After that, you will see all the formulas used in column **E** as in the picture below:

#### 1.2 Use Notepad

Now you need to copy the formulas into **Notepad** and then copy them back into the Excel worksheet.

To do that,

❶ Select all the formulas in column **F**.

❷ Then press** CTRL + C** to copy them all.

❸ After that go back to the windows desktop and right-click on it.

❹ From the pop-up menu, choose New.

❺ Then follow the arrow direction and select **Text Document.**

This will open the **Notepad**.

❻ Now press **CTRL + V** to paste the copied formulas into the **Notepad**.

❼ After that, select all the formulas again in **Notepad** and press** CTRL + C** to copy them all.

#### 1.3 Use Text Import Wizard

❶ Now create another new column, where you want to paste the formulas as text.

I’ve created a column called **Formula** **as Text** in column **H**.

❷ Now select the top cell of the newly created column.

❸ Then go to **Home > Paste > Use Text Import Wizard.**

❹ A dialog box will appear. Make sure the option **Delimited** is checked and hit the **Next** button.

❺ After that, all the **Delimiter** options will appear. Uncheck them all and hit the **Next** button once again.

❻ In the next dialog box, from the **Column** **Data** **Format** section select Text and hit the **Finish** button.

After following all the steps above, you will see the formulas have been pasted as text in the column called **Formula** **as** **Text** in column **H.**

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### 2. Use VBA Code to Copy a Formula and Paste It as Text in Excel

To use the VBA Code,

❶ First of all, press the **ALT + F11** buttons to open the VBA editor.

❷ Then create a new **Module** from the **Insert** tab.

❸ Now copy the following VBA code.

```
Sub PasteFormulaAsText()
Dim aa As Long
Dim bb As Long
Dim cc As String
Dim dd As String
aa = Cells.Find(What:="*", SearchOrder:=xlByColumns, _
SearchDirection:=xlPrevious, LookIn:=xlFormulas).Column + 1
bb = Cells(Rows.Count, "E").End(xlUp).Row
cc = Columns("E").SpecialCells(xlCellTypeFormulas)(1).Formula
dd = Left(cc, 3)
With Cells(1, aa).Resize(bb)
.Value = Range("E1:E" & bb).Formula
.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeConstants).Clear
.Replace dd, Mid(dd, 2), xlPart
End With
End Sub
```

❹ After that paste and save the above code in the VBA code editor.

Now it’s time to run the code. To do that,

❺ Press **ALT + F8** key together. This will open the **Macro** dialog box.

❻ Just hit on the **Run** button.

After that, you will see all the formulas in column **E** has been pasted to the next column of it as in the picture below:

**Read More: VBA to Copy Formula from Cell Above in Excel (10 Methods)**

## Things to Remember

- Press
**ALT + F11**to open the VBA code editor. - You can press
**ALT + F8**to open the**Macro**dialog box. - To run the VBA code press the
**F5**button.

## Conclusion

To sum up, we have discussed 2 ways to copy a formula and paste it as text in Excel. You are recommended to download the practice workbook attached along with this article and practice all the methods with that. And don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comment section below. We will try to respond to all the relevant queries asap. And please visit our website **Exceldemy** to explore more.