Tips and Tricks

In this section, you see some tips and tricks you can use when working with formulas. Depending on how often you use Excel, you might find some of the following procedures more useful than others.

Turning the Formula View On and Off

To get an overview of a sheet with many formulas and connections, you can view the underlying formulas instead of the results. This is often useful if the sheet was created by someone else:

  1. Open the worksheet.

  2. Press Ctrl+` (the key to the left of the number 1 on the keyboard).

Excel switches from displaying the results to displaying the underlying formulas. Because the formulas need more space, Excel adjusts the column width automatically.


The Ctrl+` key combination doesn’t change the data in your table. ...

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