Show All Formulas in a Worksheet in Excel

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Display all formulas instead of their output values.

This allows you to quickly troubleshoot issues in a worksheet without having to select each cell individually.

Go to the Formulas tab and click the Show Formulas button:

Now, your worksheet will look like this:

As you can see, this lets you quickly see what formulas and functions are contained within each cell.  This helps you troubleshoot because most formulas in Excel follow a pattern, as you can see with those in Column E and so errors often stand-out.

Also, now, if you just select a cell, all cells used in the current cell's formula will be highlighted:

You can use the arrow keys to quickly move between cells to see how this can be helpful.

To go back to normal, just click the Show Formulas button again.


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