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Microsoft Excel - Display or hide formulas

You can control the display of formulas in the following ways: 

Switch between display formulas and their results
Press CTRL + ` (grave accent).

Prevent a formula from displaying in the formula bar

Note: This procedure also prevents the cells that contain the formula from being edited. 
  1. Select the range of cells whose formulas you want to hide. You can also select nonadjacent ranges or the entire sheet.

  2. Click Home > Format > Format Cells.

  3. On the Protection tab, select the Hidden check box.

  4. Click OK.

  5. Click Review > Protect Sheet.

  6. Make sure the Protect worksheet and contents of locked cells check box is selected, and then click OK.

Show formulas that were previously hidden by removing protection

Click the Review tab, and then click Unprotect Sheet. If the Unprotect Sheet button is unavailable, turn off the Shared Workbook feature first.

If you don't want the formulas hidden when the sheet is protected in the future, right-click the cells, and click Format Cells. On the Protection tab, clear the Hidden check box.

For more information, please visit the Excel help center.

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:microsoft excel display hide formulas workbook formulas   Doc ID:75263
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-08-03 10:35 MDTUpdated:2017-08-03 10:35 MDT
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