Displays the formula in a referenced cell as a text string.
Returns a text string which reflects the formula in the referenced cell. This string should be identical to that displayed in the Formula bar when the referenced cell is selected.
Reference is a reference to a cell containing a formula.
- If the referenced cell is empty, or does not contain a formula, then FORMULA reports a #N/A error.
- The FORMULA function does not propagate errors in the referenced cell. For example, if cell A1 contains the formula
=SQRT(-4), then Calc reports an invalid argument error (Err:502) in cell A1. However, if cell A2 contains the formula
=FORMULA(A1)then cell A2 will display the string "=SQRT(-4)" rather than the error value.
- FORMULA does not generate an error if given a reference to the cell that it resides in. For example, the formula
=FORMULA(A7)located in cell A7 simply returns the string "=FORMULA(A7)".
- The FORMULA function is intended to aid understanding and debugging of spreadsheet documents by simplifying the display of formulas in other cells.
- FORMULA can be used in an array formula by using the key combination Ctrl+Shift+Enter rather than just Enter.
- FORMULA is a volatile function. This means that Calc will update the string returned by FORMULA when any cell is updated by selecting ▸ ▸ or pressing F9, or on any input event.
|=FORMULA(A1) where cell A1 contains the formula
||Here the function returns a string representation of the formula in cell A1. It does not propagate the #DIV/0! error that is displayed in cell A1.||"=1/0"|
|=FORMULA(D8) where cell D8 contains the formula
||Here the function returns a string representation of the formula in cell D8.||"=SUM(1; 2; 3)"|
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