Tame your computer - find a formula


31-10-2016

In her regular series for Cambridge Network members, software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes how to find and select all cells that contain a formula (Microsoft Excel*)...

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Have you ever wondered where the formulas are in your workbook? Perhaps you’ve inherited a file and don’t have a clue what they’ve done. Or you haven’t looked at the data for a while and would like a quick way to spot all the cells that contain a formula.

Here’s how:

  1. Press F5.
  2. Click on the Special button.
  3. Click on the Formulas radio button.
  4. Click OK or press ENTER.

If the workbook does not contain formulas you will see the message “No cells were found.” If it does, all cells will be highlighted, ready to be protected from being modified. But let’s make that the content of a future tip. (With thanks to Erica Adarve for inspiring me to write this tip!)

By the way, you might want to have another look at tip 478 which explained how you can use the Go To Special functionality to find hidden rows and columns in your worksheet.

 * Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.

31 October 2016

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.  Contact her by email (Karen@roem.co.uk) or visit her website at www.roem.co.uk

 

Karen Roem
Microsoft Office-ionado

Roem Ltd – software training and support