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Displaying and Printing Formulas
Displaying and Printing Formulas
When you enter a formula into a cell, Excel displays the calculated value of the formula. To view
a formula, activate the cell; Excel shows the formula on the Formula bar.
To view all your formulas, switch to Formula view. The easiest way to switch to this mode is to
press Ctrl+`. (That’s the accent character, usually located above the Tab key.) Excel then displays
the formulas rather than their results. In addition, you can also see which cells are referenced by
the selected formula because Excel displays those cells with a colored border. Figure 84-1 shows
a worksheet in Formula view. D8 is the selected cell, and it references cells B8 and C8, which are
displayed with a colored border.
Figure 84-1: Excel’s Formula view displays the formulas rather than their results.
In Formula view, you can use all Excel commands and even modify the formulas.
In practice, you might find that Formula view isn’t very useful. Although Excel widens the
columns, you can see an entire formula only if it’s very short. And, if you print the sheet in Formula
view, you usually end up with a meaningless mess.
To document a worksheet by printing its formulas, your best bet is to locate a VBA macro to do
the job. This simple no-frills VBA procedure makes a list of all formulas on the active worksheet:
Sub ListFormulas()
Dim FormulaCells As Range
Dim FormulaSheet As Worksheet
Dim Row As Long
Dim Cell As Range
On Error Resume Next
Set FormulaCells = Range(“A1”).SpecialCells(xlFormulas, 23)
If FormulaCells Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
Set FormulaSheet = ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets.Add
Row = 1
For Each Cell In FormulaCells
With FormulaSheet
Cells(Row, 1) = Cell.Address(False, False)
 
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