# Why is my Excel cell showing the formula instead of the result?

## Why is my Excel cell showing the formula instead of the result?

Format the cell as “General”. (Right-click the cell, select Format Cells, and choose “General.”) Delete the “=” at the beginning of your formula, and hit Enter. Insert the “=” back in the formula at the beginning.

**How do I stop Excel from changing formulas to Text?**

How do I stop Excel from automatically changing the format of my formula to text?

- Press Ctrl+H.
- In the find what box, type =
- In the Replace with box, type = (again)
- Click on Replace All.

**How do you display formulas as Text in Excel?**

Show Formulas in Excel Instead of the Values

- Go to the ‘File’ tab.
- Click on ‘Options’.
- In the left pane, select Advanced.
- On the right, scroll down to the ‘Display options for this worksheet’ section.
- From the drop down, select the worksheet in which you want to show the formulas instead of values.

### Why are my formulas not updating in Excel?

Excel formulas not updating When Excel formulas are not updating automatically, most likely it’s because the Calculation setting has been changed to Manual instead of Automatic. To fix this, just set the Calculation option to Automatic again.

**How do you stop Excel showing formulas?**

To hide formulas:

- Select the cells for which you to want to hide the formulas.
- Right-click the cell (or cells) and choose Format Cells.
- In the Format Cells dialog box, click the Protection tab.
- Check the Hidden box. Note: Hidden is what prevents the user from seeing the formula.
- Click OK.

**Why is Excel defaulting to text?**

You need to set the format to Number. General means Excel is going to guess, and thus change the format on its own. This is usually more apparent when you enter in Dates/Time. Best that you go ahead and explicitly change it if this happens again.

## How do I convert a formula to text?

Just follow the simple steps below:

- Select all the cells with formulas that you want to convert.
- Press Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Ins to copy formulas and their results to clipboard.
- Press Shift + F10 and then V to paste only values back to Excel cells.

**What is a text formula in Excel?**

The Excel TEXT Function is used to convert numbers to text within a spreadsheet. Essentially, the function will convert a numeric value into a text string. TEXT is available in all versions of Excel.

**Why have my formulas stopped working in Excel?**

Whenever your Excel formulas don’t update the values automatically, it could be due to the changed state of the Calculation setting from Automatic to Manual. All you need to do is reset the calculation settings. Go to Tools > Options > Calculation > Calculation > Automatic.

### Why is my Excel formula showing as text?

people actually want to see all formulas as text in the worksheet.

**How do you create a text formula in Excel?**

Put your required formula in a cell (preferably select this cell just behind your text box). Once the formula gives you your desired result, create a text box and. 1. click inside the textbox. 2. Now click in the formula bar. 3. click on ‘=’. 4. Click on the cell in which you had written your formula.

**What does excel recognize as text?**

Excel is recognizing the booleans as text. You can change the format to General for the entire column, but Excel won’t re-evaluate the format until you click in each cell and hit Enter. An alternative is to use the text-to-columns function and e.g. use a very wide fixed width.

## How do you convert formulas to text?

If you are familiar with Microsoft Excel’s formulas, you can convert numbers in cells to text with Text function. If you just only want to convert the number to text without any formatting, you can use the formula: =TEXT(A1,”0″); 1. In cell E1, please enter the formula =TEXT(A1,”0″). 2. Then press Enter key.