Often we face a common problem that Excel is showing the formula where we need the result.

Instead of this

Excel is showing this

Today we are going to know about the reasons behind this problem.

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**8 Reasons for Showing Formula Instead of Result in Excel**

### Â 1. Using Space Before Equal Sign for Showing Formula Instead of Result

Sometimes we put a space before the equal sign by mistake. There is a rule that all formulas must start with an equal sign and put a space before it, which violates that rule. Here we have a dataset and itâ€™s not showing the result value as we use a space before it.

Omitting spaces before the Equal signs of the formulas will solve this problem.

### Â 2. Wrapping the Formula in Quotes

Maximum time online, people indicate the formula by wrapping it in quotes. The formula wonâ€™t work then. Quotes can only be used inside the formula if itâ€™s necessary. A dataset is shown below indicating this problem.

So we wonâ€™t wrap the formula in a quote.

### Â 3. Missing of Equal Sign

Using an equal sign before the formula is a must thing in Excel. Otherwise, Excel will take the cell as simple text. The resultant dataset will look like this:

### Â 4. Keeping â€˜Show Formulaâ€™ Option Enabled

Sometimes the **Show Formulas** option from the **Formulas** ribbon gets enabled because of pressing **Ctrl+` **from the keyboard. Now the dataset looks like this:

To avoid the problem, simply go to the **Formula **ribbon and disable the **Show Formulas** mode.

### Â 5. Formatting Cells as Text

If the cell is formatted into **Text**, Excel wonâ€™t calculate the formula as it treats the formula as text. Itâ€™s one of the most common problems in Excel. The dataset looks like this:

To avoid this problem,

- Select the cell.
- Go to the
**Home**tab. - Then
**Number Group**>**Formatting drop-down**>**General**.

### Â 6. Using Apostrophe Before the Formula

By putting an **Apostrophe** at the beginning of the cell, Excel considers it as a text string and doesnâ€™t show the result of the formula. Here is a dataset with this problem:

### Â 7. Showing Formula Instead of Result by Entering Number with Manual Formats in Excel

If we use any Currency sign or Decimal separator before entering a number in a formula, Excel wonâ€™t take it correctly. The formula wonâ€™t be applied there and it will be displayed like this:

### Â 8. Deactivated â€˜Formula Displayâ€™ Option for Showing Formula Instead of Result

Imagine we have a worksheet and itâ€™s not showing the formula values because of the deactivation of the **Formula Display Option**. It Looks like this:

We can solve this problem manually in one worksheet but in the case of a lot of worksheets, we can simply follow these steps:

- At first, select the
**File**tab.

- Go to the
**Options**.

- Now
**Click**on**Advanced**.

- Then go to the
**Display options**for the portion of the**worksheet**Â and select the worksheet name from the drop-down. - Make sure that the
**Show formula in cells instead of their calculated result**box is unchecked.

- Finally, click
**OK**. We can see that Excel is showing results instead of formulas.

**Conclusion**

By remembering these reasons, we can fix the problem of showing the formula instead of the result. There is a practice workbook added. Go ahead and give it a try. Feel free to ask anything or suggest any new methods.

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