## How to use the FORMULATEXT function

The FORMULATEXT function returns a formula as a text string.

Formula in cell C3:

=FORMULATEXT(B3)

### Excel Function Syntax

FORMULATEXT(*reference*)

### Arguments

reference |
Required. The cell you want to display the formula. |

### Comments

The FORMULATEXT function was introduced in Excel 2013.

Keep in mind, the FORMULATEXT function returns an #N/A error if cell is empty or contains a number, text or boolean value.

It also displays the formula even if the returning value is an error value.

## Functions in this article

### Functions in 'Lookup and reference' category

The FORMULATEXT function function is one of many functions in the 'Lookup and reference' category.

Returns the address of a specific cell, you need to provide a row and column number.

Returns the number of cell ranges and single cells in a reference.

Gets a value based on a number.

Returns the column number of the top-left cell of a cell reference.

Calculates the number of columns in a cell range.

Extracts values/rows based on a condition or criteria.

Returns a formula as a text string.

Searches the top row in a data range for a value and return another value on the same column in a row you specify.

Builds a link in a cell.

Returns a value or reference from a cell range or array, you specify which value based on a row and column number.

Returns the cell reference based on a text string and shows the content of that cell reference.

Find a value in a cell range and return a corresponding value on the same row.

Returns the relative position of an item in an array that matchesÂ a specified value in a specific order.

Returns a reference to a range that is a given number of rows and columns from a given reference.

Calculates the row number of a cell reference.

Calculate the number of rows in a cell range.

Sorts values from a cell range or array

Sorts a cell range or array based on values in a corresponding range or array.

Downloads stock prices based on a stock quote

Converts a vertical range to a horizontal range, or vice versa.

Returns a unique or unique distinct list.

Lets you search the leftmost column for a value and return another value on the same row in a column you specify.

Search one column for a given value, and return a corresponding value in another column from the same row.

Searches for an item in an array or cell range and returns the relative position.

### Excel function categories

Excel functions that let you resize, combine, and shape arrays.

Functions for backward compatibility with earlier Excel versions. Compatibility functions are replaced with newer functions with improved accuracy. Use the new functions if compatibility isn't required.

Perform basic operations to a database-like structure.

Functions that let you perform calculations to Excel date and time values.

Let's you manipulate binary numbers, convert values between different numeral systems, and calculate imaginary numbers.

Calculate present value, interest, accumulated interest, principal, accumulated principal, depreciation, payment, price, growth, yield for securities, and other financial calculations.

Functions that let you get information from a cell, formatting, formula, worksheet, workbook, filepath, and other entitites.

Functions that let you return and manipulate logical values, and also control formula calculations based on logical expressions.

These functions let you sort, lookup, get external data like stock quotes, filter values based a condition or criteria, and get the relative position of a given value in a specific cell range. They also let you calculate row, column, and other properties of cell references.

You will find functions in this category that calculates random values, round numerical values, create sequential numbers, trigonometry, and more.

Calculate distributions, binomial distributions, exponential distribution, probabilities, variance, covariance, confidence interval, frequency, geometric mean, standard deviation, average, median, and other statistical metrics.

Functions that let you manipulate text values, substitute strings, find string in value, extract a substring in a string, convert characters to ANSI code among other functions.

Get data from the internet, extract data from an XML string and more.

## Excel categories

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More than 300 Excel functions with detailed information including syntax, arguments, return values, and examples for most of the functions used in Excel formulas.

More than 1300 formulas organized in subcategories.

Excel Tables simplifies your work with data, adding or removing data, filtering, totals, sorting, enhance readability using cell formatting, cell references, formulas, and more.

Allows you to filter data based on selected value , a given text, or other criteria. It also lets you filter existing data or move filtered values to a new location.

Lets you control what a user can type into a cell. It allows you to specifiy conditions and show a custom message if entered data is not valid.

Lets the user work more efficiently by showing a list that the user can select a value from. This lets you control what is shown in the list and is faster than typing into a cell.

Lets you name one or more cells, this makes it easier to find cells using the Name box, read and understand formulas containing names instead of cell references.

The Excel Solver is a free add-in that uses objective cells, constraints based on formulas on a worksheet to perform what-if analysis and other decision problems like permutations and combinations.

An Excel feature that lets you visualize data in a graph.

Format cells or cell values based a condition or criteria, there a multiple built-in Conditional Formatting tools you can use or use a custom-made conditional formatting formula.

Lets you quickly summarize vast amounts of data in a very user-friendly way. This powerful Excel feature lets you then analyze, organize and categorize important data efficiently.

VBA stands for Visual Basic for Applications and is a computer programming language developed by Microsoft, it allows you to automate time-consuming tasks and create custom functions.

A program or subroutine built in VBA that anyone can create. Use the macro-recorder to quickly create your own VBA macros.

UDF stands for User Defined Functions and is custom built functions anyone can create.

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