While working with a large **Microsoft Excel** dataset, sometimes we see that the formula bar shows different values than cells. It occurs for several reasons. Today, in this article, we’ll learn **three **quick and suitable ways how to fix the **Excel **formula bar shows different value than cell error effectively with appropriate illustrations.

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## Why Formula Bar Shows Different Value Than Cell in Excel

There are several reasons behind formula bar showing different value than cells. One of the main reasons is the **Conditional Formatting **Feature. If your cells are pre-formatted by the conditional formatting feature then you might not have the same value in your cells that are showing in the formula bar. Take this for an example given below in the picture. As the cell D5 is conditionally formatted, the value is different from the formula bar value.

Another reason is the binary storage of the cells which limits the decimal places that you insert into the formula bar. Therefore when the formula bar is showing **3.45875434799543**, Cell **D5** is showing only **3.458754348**

## 3 Suitable Ways to Fix the Formula Bar Shows Different Value Than Cell Error in Excel

Let’s consider a situation where we have an **Excel **worksheet that contains information about several students of **Armani College**. The **Name **of the students, their **identification number**, and their securing **CGPA **are given in columns **B, C, **and **D** respectively. From our dataset, we will learn how the formula bar shows different values than cells. To do that, we’ll use the **Format Cells** command, **Conditional Formatting**, and **the ROUND Function** also. Here’s an overview of the dataset for today’s task.

### 1. Make the Column Wider to Show Value in Cell in Excel

While the cell width is **smaller **than the **cell’s value length**, then the formula bar shows a different value than a cell. Let’s follow the instructions below to fix this problem!

**Steps:**

- First, place your
**cursor**on the**right side**of column**D**.

- Hence, a
**two-directional array**will appear in front of you, then press**double click**on column**D**and you will be able to see the value which has been given in the below screenshot.

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### 2. Use the File Option to Fix Formula Bar Shows Different Value Than Cell

We can solve our problem by using the **File **ribbon option. This is an easy and time-saving way also. Let’s follow the steps below to fix this problem!

**Step 1:**

- First, press on the
**File**ribbon**.**

- After clicking on the
**File**ribbon, a new window pops up. From that window, go to,

**More → Options**

**Step 2:**

- After pressing on the
**Options**menu, a dialog box named**Excel Options**will appear in front of you. From that dialog box, firstly, select the**Advanced**Secondly, check the**Set precision as displayed**box from the**While calculating this workbook**option.

- After that, a
**Microsoft Excel**warning box showing**Data will permanently lose accuracy**will appear in front of you. Press OK, from that**Microsoft Excel**warning box.

- Again, press the
**OK**option, and you will be able to solve the problem.

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### 3. Insert the ROUND Function to Solve Formula Bar Shows Different Value Than Cell Error in Excel

In this method, we will apply the **ROUND** function to fix the problem that shows the different values in the formula bar than cells. Let’s follow the instructions below to learn!

**Step 1:**

`=ROUND(D5,2)`

- Where
**D5**is the cell reference, and**2**is the**num_digits**.

- Hence, press
**ENTER**on your keyboard, you will get**22**as the output of the ROUND function.

**Step 2:**

- Now,
**autoFill**the**ROUND**function to the rest of the cells in column**E**.

- After completing the above process, you will solve the problem that the formula bar shows different values than cells which have been given in the below screenshot.

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## Things to Remember

👉.Press **Ctrl + 1** **simultaneously **on your keyboard to pop up the **Format Cells** dialog box.

👉 You have to press **double-click** on the left button of your **Mouse **to **widen **a column.

## Conclusion

I hope all of the suitable methods mentioned above to fix the different values in the formula bar than cell will now provoke you to apply them in your **Excel **spreadsheets with more productivity. You are most welcome to feel free to comment if you have any questions or queries.