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Manipulate cell formula without using VBA

Is it possible to get the formula of a cell instead of the value?  For example, let's say that cell A1 has =4*(10-6)-2.  Can I get the formula into another cell, so I can manipulate it using standard Excel string formulas.  I don't want to use VBA.  
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johnfaig
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CluskittCommented:
=GetFormula(A1)
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Rory ArchibaldCommented:
Only by using GET.CELL in a defined name and that is also technically a macro. Why can't you use VBA?
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Rory ArchibaldCommented:
GetFormula does not exist - it would be a UDF created in VBA.
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CluskittCommented:
Sorry, getformula is my macro. I forgot that excel doesn't have it. :P
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jeffw1Commented:
Click in the cell, the formula will show in the formula bar where it can be edited.

If you just want to see the formula in another cell create a function.

Function GetFormula(Cell as Range) as String
   GetFormula = Cell.Formula
End Function

Then use it to show the formula
 
  =GetFormula(A1)  
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Rory ArchibaldCommented:
Per the OP: " I don't want to use VBA.  "


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CluskittCommented:
I don't think you can manipulate the formula in another cell using pure excel. Some form of vba is always required.
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Rory ArchibaldCommented:
No, you can read it using XLM functions, but you can't enter them directly into the cell, so you have to use them in a defined name and then enter that defined name in the cell instead.
For example, define a name called GetFormula and in the Refersto box enter:
=GET.CELL(6,INDIRECT("RC[1]",0))
Now if you enter =GetFormula in a cell (note: do not use =GetFormula() or Excel will think it's a UDF; you must omit the parentheses) it will return the formula in the cell to its right.
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CluskittCommented:
That allows for replication, not manipulation, though. You can't, for example, use:
=RIGHT(GetFormula,4)

Or can you? If you can, than I believe that's what the poster wants, except that the range has to be fixed, instead of specified.
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MWGainesJRCommented:
May I ask what your goal is by this?
Let's say you want "=sum(A1:A5)" in A6 of EVERY worksheets......
In excel you can hold shift and select all worksheets, then whatever you type in a cell on the first worksheet, all others will be updated in the same exact way automatically.
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Rory ArchibaldCommented:
Yes you can - it is returned as a string.
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