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View Formulas in a Table in Word – Tutorial

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View Formulas in a Table in Word - Tutorial: A picture of a formula in a table cell shown within Word 2016.

View Formulas in a Table in Word: Overview

            You can view formulas in a table in Word easily. If you create a large table in Word that contains many formulas, you may have difficulty remembering which cells contain formulas and which cells contain ordinary numeric entries. To view formulas in a table in Word, you can toggle the field code. Doing this then switches the display of formula tables between the actual formulas and the formula results. You can toggle the field codes to see the formulas in an entire table in Word or a single table cell.

            To view formulas in a table in Word for a single cell in a table, select the formula within the table cell. Then press “Shift”+“F9” on your keyboard to toggle its field code. To view all of the actual formulas in the entire table, first click into the table. Then just press “Alt”+“F9” on your keyboard. Remember that this is also a toggle command. So, repeating the same keyboard shortcut changes the display of the formulas back to the formula results again.

View Formulas in a Table in Word - Tutorial: A picture of a formula in a table cell shown within Word 2016.

View Formulas in a Table in Word – Tutorial: A picture of a formula in a table cell shown within Word 2016.

View Formulas in a Table in Word: Instructions

  1. To switch between viewing an individual cell’s formula versus its result, select the formula within the table cell.
  2. Then press “Shift”+“F9” on your keyboard.
  3. To switch between viewing the formulas versus their results within the entire table, click into the table.
  4. Then press “Alt”+“F9” on your keyboard.

View Formulas in a Table in Word: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Viewing Formulas vs. Formula Results,” shows you how to view table formulas in Microsoft Word. This video lesson is from our complete Microsoft Word training, titled “Mastering Word Made Easy v.2016-2013.”

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