This tutorial will explain how to hide the formula in Excel without protecting the sheet. While working in Microsoft Excel we might need to share our Excel files with other users. We can protect our worksheet with a password so that the user will not be able to edit anything.

But, despite protecting the worksheet, users can click on a cell and see what formula we have used in that cell. We can hide formulas by protecting the sheet also but in this tutorial, we will hide formulas from users without protecting the sheet.

Throughout this article, we will explain 2 methods of how to hide the formula in Excel without protecting the sheet. To illustrate those methods we will use the dataset that is provided in the following screenshot. The dataset consists of sales of six salespeople in January and February. Then, we can see the total sales in another column.

## 1. Using VBA Code to Hide Formula in Excel without Protecting Sheet

If we want to hide formulas in Excel from other users without protecting the sheet, the use of VBA code is the most effective way. We will use the following dataset to illustrate this method.

Just go through the following steps to understand this method clearly.

- If we click on cell
**E5**we can see the following formula in the formula bar:

`=C5+D5`

- Now, users can see the formulas of the following image in the formula bar just by clicking on that cell.

We want to limit this access. We will apply a VBA code so that the users will only be able to see the data but will not be able to see what formula we are using.

Letâ€™s see the steps to perform this action.

**STEPS:**

- To begin with, right-click on the sheet name. Select the option â€˜
**View Code**â€™.

- The above command will open a blank VBAÂ module.
- In addition, insert the following code in the blank VBA module:

```
Dim zDic As New Dictionary
Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
Dim zCell As Range
Dim zRg As Range
Set zRg = Range("E5:E10")
If zDic.Count <> zRg.Count Then
For Each zCell In zRg
zDic.Add zCell.Address, zCell.FormulaR1C1
Next
End If
If (Target.Count = 1) And (Not Application.Intersect(zRg, Target) Is Nothing) And (Target.HasFormula) Then
With Target
.Value = .Value
End With
Else
For Each zCell In zRg
zCell.Formula = zDic.Item(zCell.Address)
Next
End If
End Sub
```

- Furthermore, go to the
**Tools**and click on the option**References**.

- A new dialogue box named â€˜
**References – VBAProject**â€™ will appear. - Next, check the â€˜
**Microsoft Scripting Runtime**â€™ box from the â€˜**Available References**â€™ section. - Then, click on
**OK**.

- After that, press
**Alt + Q**to close the VBAÂ module. - Lastly, click on cell
**E5**. We can see that the formula bar is showing only the value instead of the formula.

## 2. Hiding Excel Formula Bar to Conceal Formula Without Protecting Sheet

Another easy trick to hide formulas in Excel without protecting the sheet is to hide the formula bar from the Excel ribbon. In the following figure, we can see that, if we select cell **E5 **the formula of that cell becomes visible in the formula bar.

Letâ€™s see the steps to hide the formula bar.

**STEPS:**

- First, go to the
**FileÂ**tab.

- Next, select
**Options**.

- Then, the above command will open a new dialogue box named â€˜
**Excel Options**â€™. - After that, select the
**Advanced**option from that box. - Furthermore, uncheck the â€˜
**Show formula bar**â€™ box from the**Display**section and click on**OK**.

- Finally, the formula bar disappears from the ribbon. Now, if we select any cell that contains a formula, the formula will not appear in the formula bar.

**Read More:** Hide Formulas and Display Values in Excel

## Find Cells with Formulas in Excel

Suppose we have hidden the formulas of our worksheet. Now we just want to know which cells contain formulas. But we do not want to reveal the formulas. In the following dataset, we will figure out which cells contain formulas.

Letâ€™s see the steps of this method.

**STEPS:**

- Firstly, go to the
**HomeÂ**tab. - Secondly, select the option â€˜
**Find & Select**â€™ from the Excel ribbon. - Thirdly, select the option
**Formulas**from the drop-down menu.

- Lastly, we can see the cells (
**E5:E10**) that contain formulas are selected in our dataset.

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## Conclusion

In conclusion, in this article, we have shown how to hide formulas in Excel without protecting the sheet. Download the practice worksheet that comes with this article to put your skills to the test. If you have any questions, please leave a comment in the box below. We’ll do our best to respond as soon as possible.

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I am a beginner to learn excel VBA. I’ve just started and I am so lucky to have found this great site. Thank you and please keep going.

About the method of hiding formula without protecting sheets. I followed and it worked.

However, when I click on the cell with the formula hidden, I still see the formula for a blink before it is converted to a value. Furthermore, if I click and hold the mouse on that cell, the formula is displayed as normal until I release the mouse pointer.

Can you please update the code to fix this?

Thank you so so much.

Hello Ruby,

Thanks for your query. If you do not want to see the formula for a blink then you have to do it by protecting the worksheet. You can try the following code:

Sub HideFormulasDisplayValues()

With ActiveSheet

.Unprotect

.Cells.Locked = False

.Cells.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeFormulas).Locked = True

.Cells.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeFormulas).FormulaHidden = True

.Protect AllowDeletingRows:=True

End With

End Sub