Why my Excel formula is not activating?

So here I was testing some formulas to use for my Excel worksheet. I keyed in a single Vlookup formula using a function argument.

Function argument
The formula result was clearly right there. But when I click OK, some weird stuff just happens.

The cell just haves the formula only. It doesn't give me the value, just the formula string. I didn't even use the ' in front of it.

What is going on here? How is this even possible?
Hans J.HauAsked:
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Ryan ChongCommented:
in your formula bar, try to type with Enter key press.

also make sure the cell formatting (Number Format) of that cell is not set as Text ?

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Hans J.HauAuthor Commented:
Do you mean the cell with the formula or the reference cell?
Try that in the formula cell.
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Also make sure you haven't turned on 'show formulae'.

Hans J.HauAuthor Commented:
Show formula? I can do that? How?  Also I don't think that's the cause because I got other formulas working just fine in the exact same sheet.
If others are not showing as formulae then that won't be the issue.

Check formatting of the cell / reset it to say, general, then edit the formula and renter it (F2 then Enter).

Ryan ChongCommented:
>>Do you mean the cell with the formula or the reference cell?

the cell with the formula
Mike in ITIT System AdministratorCommented:
This is a common error that occurs in Excel. I've not a version that did not do this. It's a pain, but can be fixed.
  1. right click cell
  2. select Format Cells
  3. Choose General
  4. hit F2
  5. remove the "=" from the beginning of the formula
  6. hit "Enter"
  7. hit F2
  8. replace the "="
  9. hit enter
This should allow the formula to show the results in the cell instead of the Formula. You have to do this to the cell that has the Formula in it.
Ryan ChongCommented:
in case you still can't resolve it, try to upload your workbook here if necessary for verification
Hans J.HauAuthor Commented:
Sorry for late response. Thanks to Ryan I got the formula back now. Thanks.
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