The FORMULATEXT function is an Excel function first introduced in Excel 2013 and later versions of Excel. The FORMULATEXT function allows users to select any cell containing a formula and return it as a text string in another cell. Therefore, it’s easy to use the FORMULATEXT function. It’s also useful if users want to analyze the formulas in their worksheets alongside their results.
Introduction to the Excel FORMULATEXT Function: Syntax and Arguments
To return the used formula as a string. The function takes only one argument.
|reference||Required||Cell containing formula|
Return the used formula in the reference cell as a string or text.
For Microsoft Excel 2013 and onward versions.
How to Use Excel FORMULATEXT Function
Users need to use the FORMULATEXT function if they want to display the used formula from particular cell references.
Let’s say we have the half-yearly sales of the three salespeople on a worksheet. But we use a formula to find the highest sales among them.
- Use the following formula in cell E22.
- Pressing ENTER results in displaying the formula used in the E21.
What Is the Alternative to the FORMULATEXT Function to Show All Formulas?
As an alternative to the FORMULATEXT function, users can use the Show Formula option in the Formulas tab or press CTRL+’ to on or off the formula instead of the formula outcomes.
- Move to the Formulas
- Click on Show Formulas (in the Formula Auditing section).
- Excel displays all the formulas within the active worksheet, as depicted in the below screenshot.
How to Use the F2 Key to Show a Specific Formula in a Cell?
Sometimes it’s quite annoying to use another function to view inserted formulas. Other than the Show Formulas option, users can use the F2 function key from the keyboard to view the used formula within a cell.
- Place your cursor in a cell, as shown in the below picture.
- Now, press the F2 key on the keyboard to view the inserted formula.
- Pressing the ESC key restores the cell back to the Ready mode and out of Edit.
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This article discusses the syntax and usage of the Excel FORMULATEXT function. Also, alternatives to the FORMULATEXT function are discussed. The use of this function can be a good way of annotating your worksheet with the formulas used while learning for an Excel test or finance exam, as well as a method of analyzing the formulas in the workbook alongside their actual results.