Troubleshoot Excel With Formula View

If you’re working in Excel, there are times when things don’t go right, and you have to do a bit (or a lot!) of troubleshooting. Lets look at a couple of quick ways to see the worksheet formulas, and a simple trick for seeing both the formulas and the results.

Use the Formula Bar

To drill into the formulas, the quickest and easiest way is to select a formula cell, and check the formula in the formula bar. In newer versions of Excel, you can make the formula bar taller, to its easier to work with long formulas.
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Switch to Formula View

If you want to see all the formulas on a worksheet, instead of the results, you can use an Excel keyboard shortcut.
On the keyboard, press the Ctrl key, and tap the ` key (accent grave). On my keyboard, that key is at the top left, just above the Tab key.
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The worksheet columns widen automatically, and you can see the formulas, instead of their results.
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To go back to Normal view, you can press the Ctrl + ` keyboard shortcut again.

See Both Formulas and Results

Instead of switching between formula, you can open another window in the same workbook.
To open a second window, on the Ribbon’s View tab, click New Window.
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When multiple windows are open for the same workbook, you’ll see a number after the file name in the Excel title bar.
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To see both windows, you can arrange them. On the Ribbon’s View tab, click Arrange All.
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In the Arrange Windows dialog box, click Horizontal, then click OK.
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Click in one of the windows, and press the Ctrl + ` shortcut, to see the Formula View in that window.
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Watch the Formula View Video

To see the steps for switching to Formula View, and arranging multiple window, you can watch this short Excel video tutorial.
Or watch on YouTube: Troubleshoot Excel in Formula View

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