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Cell linked to text-formatted cell shows formula not value

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SYMPTOMS
In Microsoft Excel, if you enter a formula that links one cell to a cellthat is formatted with the Text number format, the cell that contains thelink is also formatted as text. If you then edit the formula in the linkedcell, the formula is displayed in the cell rather than the value that isreturned by the formula.
CAUSE
When you link cells in Microsoft Excel, the format of the original cell isapplied to the linked cell. Therefore, if you enter a formula that links onecell to a cell formatted as text, the cell with the formula is alsoformatted as text.
WORKAROUND
To display the calculated value rather than the formula, you must change the format of the cell containing the formula and re-enter the formula. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Select the cell with the formula, and then click Cells on the Format menu.
  2. Click the Number tab. Select the format code that you want the cell to display, and then click OK. The cell still displays the formula.
  3. Select the cell with the formula, press F2, and then press ENTER. The cell displays the value.
  4. In the same cell, click Cells on the Format menu. The cell format category will be Text.
  5. Specify the category and format options for the cell and then click OK.
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Article ID: 135506 - Last Review: 02/07/2007 00:28:47 - Revision: 1.4

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