In Microsoft Excel, you may occasionally want to save a document as atext file; for example, to fix corruption in the file.
Although an Excel file is saved as a text file, only the active sheet and the displayed values are saved. All formulas on the active sheet that are not displayed are discarded. This step-by-step article shows you to preserve those formulas that are otherwise discarded.
In the Windows options section, click to select the Formulas check box.
After the formulas are displayed in the cells, the file can be saved as atext file. This preserves both the values and formulas. When you reopenthe file, the Text Import Wizard prompts you for the original datatype and for you to indicate whether the file is fixed-width or delimited. If you select delimited for the file type and select Tab as the delimiter, the formulas are placed back in their respective cells, and the values that they produce are displayed.
The only way to preserve the formulas and values that were in individual cells on the original worksheet is to open the file as a tab-delimited file. All other methods force the text file to display its formulas when the Text Import Wizard is finished.