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# Display formula in another cell

Posted on 2013-12-03
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I am still having Excel 2010. I have 2 worksheets, PriceList and BOM.

In my BOM worksheet - i want to show the exact cell reference from PriceList

for example: show as "PriceList!F4" rather than the value. Anywhere to achieve this?

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One way is to use a user-defined function with a worksheet formula like:
=CellFormula(B2)                     where cell B2 contains a formula

Put the code in a regular module sheet. You will find the function listed under category "User defined functions" in the function wizard (fx icon to left of formula bar).
``````Function CellFormula(cel As Range) As String
If cel.Cells(1, 1).HasFormula Then CellFormula = Mid(cel.Cells(1, 1).Formula, 2)
End Function
``````
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Sample workbook showing the user-defined function:
CellFormulaQ28308825.xlsm
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Will  "PriceList!F4" be the result of a specifi query, like the cell that contains a search value?

regards, barry
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If you want to just see the formula in the cells you can press "Ctrl + `" to convert from values to formulae, pressing again will convert back.

The ` is top left of the keyboard above Tab key.

If its more of a permanent fix that you want, try this.

Check the area of the formulas required to see if they are absolute (with \$) or relative (without \$). If already absolute then you can skip the next step.

For relative formulas highlight the areas required and assuming they all refer to a separate sheet use Find and Replace to replace " ! " with " !\$ " (without the double quotes and spaces).

Copy the column of formulae across to another column and the references won't change.

Then find and replace " = " with " '= ", this will convert all the formulae to text.

Hope that helps.
Thanks
Rob H
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Formula -> name manage -> new --> Price --> =PriceList!F4
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If you are using INDEX & MATCH formulas to return values from worksheet PriceList, you can use a modified version of my user-defined function to capture the cell reference. You will still use a formula like:
=CellFormula(B2)

The trick that I am using will work with INDEX & MATCH formulas because they return a reference to a cell. It will not work with VLOOKUP formulas because they merely return a value.

The code as written will return a cell reference if the formula points directly to a cell. If not, it will return the formula.

Revised code:
``````Function CellFormula(cel As Range) As String
Dim frmla As String
Dim targ As Range
frmla = Mid(cel.Cells(1, 1).Formula, 2)
On Error Resume Next
Set targ = Application.Evaluate(frmla)
On Error GoTo 0

If targ Is Nothing Then
CellFormula = frmla
Else
CellFormula = "'" & targ.Worksheet.Name & "'!" & targ.Address(False, False)
End If
End Function
``````
CellFormulaQ28308825.xlsm
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