Copy, export or print results from Evaluate Formula box in Excel


Is there a way to acquire the information displayed in the Evaluate Formula box in Excel?

Sometimes, when evaluating a large or complex formula, the evaluation results displayed in the Evaluate Formula box is lengthy and requires scrolling to view in its entirety as shown in this example:

That, combined with the possibility of having multiple portions to evaluate, can make the process of understanding a particular formula quite cumbersome.

In the past I have typed out the displayed evaluation results by hand but that is a lengthy task and prone to errors and therefore not a good solution — especially for large or complex formulas.

I have tried (by mouse and keyboard) to select the evaluation results in order to Copy/Paste them into a Notepad file. I have also tried Right-clicking and anything else I could think of but without success.

If there is a way to capture evaluation results from the Evaluate Formula box — even if doing so is not possible directly in Excel but requires VBA, I would appreciate knowing how to do it.

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Rory ArchibaldConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There is no direct VBA access to the Evaluate formula text - probably because it wouldn't run while the dialog was invoked anyway. However, you can select portions of the formula in the formula bar and press f9 to evaluate them inline with the formula. This text can be copied.

heck, even an option to enlargen the evaluate formula box would be nice

It has been asked for many times!
Glenn RayConnect With a Mentor Excel VBA DeveloperCommented:
That's certainly a feature I'd like to see - heck, even an option to enlargen the evaluate formula box would be nice.  But, unfortunately, there is no way to extract displayed results (besides a screen cap like you did).

Danny ChildConnect With a Mentor IT ManagerCommented:
Some screen capture programs (like Snag It) have options to capture text, instead of just an image.  It may work... but sometimes it garbles the output.

Is there a way to make your formulas less horrific?
Glenn RayConnect With a Mentor Excel VBA DeveloperCommented:
They may not be "horrific" formulas; some array formulas are quite elegant actually, but may involve the evaluation of hundreds or thousands of equations in order to work.  That's what this formula appears to be, in fact.
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