Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Shortcut for Viewing Formulas.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 16, 2019)
You probably already know how to display the formulas in cells rather than the results of those formulas, right? If you're like most people, you choose Tools | Options, then on the View tab make sure the Formulas check box is selected.
A much faster way to get the same result is to simply press Ctrl+`. (That's hold down the Ctrl key while you press the accent grave, which is the backwards apostrophe just to the left of the 1 key and above the Tab key.) The shortcut is a toggle, which means that you can press it repeatedly to switch between the display of formulas and results.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2406) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Shortcut for Viewing Formulas.
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