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6 Methods to Convert a Formula to Value in Excel

From the starting days of my job, I have learned one thing hard way that before sending a report to someone we must convert a formula to value.

It simply means to replace a formula with its result.

Just think this way, when you send a report to someone, they are not concerned with formulas but result.

Why You Should Convert a Formula to Value

Here are some reasons that why you need to replace a formula to its result value.

  1. If you are sending a report to someone without its source data then it’s better to convert all the formulas into static values.
  2. There are some Excel functions which are volatile and when you update your worksheet their value will recalculate.
  3. To prevent the end user to make any change in the calculation.
  4. Static values are easily editable and anyone can copy-paste them easily.
  5. You don’t want to confuse end user with complex formulas.
  6. Or, simply don't want to show them formulas.

I’m sure at this point you are convinced that you should convert formulas to values.

So let me share with you 6-Quick Methods for this.

Methods to Convert a Formulas to Values

All the methods which I've shared here are different in nature and you can use them according to need. One method works in one situation and other in different.  

1. Paste Values With a Simple Shortcuts

When it comes to speed and ease, shortcut keys are the best. And, to replace a formula with a static value the easiest way is to use a shortcut key.

All you need to do:

  • Select the range of the cells where you have formulas.
  • Press Ctrl + C to copy cells.
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  • And then, Alt + E S V.
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By using this shortcut key all the formulas will be replaced with their static result value.

Note: If you don’t want to loose original formulas then you should make a backup file.

2. Using Paste Special for Converting To Values

If you don’t like to use a shortcut key then you can simply use the paste special option to replace.

  • First of all, select your data range or the entire column.
  • And then, right click and copy it.
  • Go to Home Tab -> Clipboard –> Paste –> Paste Special.
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  • Or, you can also press right click and go to Paste Special -> Values.
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This method just works like the shortcut key method to replace all the formulas into their static result values.

3. Using Right Click Menu

And, if you don't want to use paste special then you can use right click drag drop method for this conversion.

Here are the steps:

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  • First of all, select the range of the cells where you have formulas.
  • Now, right click on the edge of the selection.
  • And by holding the right click, drag the range to the right side and instantly bring it back to the original place and drop it.
  • Here you will get a option menu.
  • From this option menu, select “Copy Here as Values Only”.

This will instantly convert all the formulas from those cells into static result values.

4. Convert Formulas into Values with VBA

If you want to automatically convert all the formulas into text or numeric values then you can use VBA for that.

Here I have mentioned a simple VBA code. Just select the range of the cells and run this macro.

Sub ConvertToValues()
Dim MyRange As Range
Dim MyCell As Range
Select Case
MsgBox("You Can't Undo This Action. " & _
"Save Workbook First?", _
vbYesNoCancel, "Alert")
Case Is = vbYes
ThisWorkbook.Save
Case Is = vbCancel
Exit Sub
End Select
Set MyRange = Selection
For Each MyCell In MyRange
If MyCell.HasFormula Then
MyCell.Formula = MyCell.Value
End If
Next MyCell
End Sub

5. Convert To Values Inside the Formula

Let’s think in a different way. You have a complex formula which is a combination of two or three functions.

Here you have a long formula to clean a text value and then convert it into the proper case.

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Now, if you want to convert the result of two substitute function in a static text values, here are the steps.

  • Edit the formula using F2.
  • Select only that part of the formula which you need to convert to a static value.
  • Press F9.
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Now, you just have a text value to convert into the proper text case.

6. Get Formula’s Result Value With Power Query

There could be a situation when you need to get result value of a formula in a separate cell instead of simply converting them.

And, in that case, you can use power query. Below you have price table where price is calculated with some calculations.

You need to convert it into values before sending to your customer. But the thing is you don't want to loose all the formulas.

So, here are the simple steps to get values from formulas using power query.

  • Select the table and go to Data Tab -> Get & Transformation -> From Table.
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  • It will open your table into power query editor.
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  • From here, just click on “Close & Load”.
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  • Now, power query will insert a new table in a new sheet where you have price values instead of formulas.
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The best part is when you make any change in your formula table you just need to refresh the power query table. By using this way you don’t need to copy paste data every time.

Conclusion

Sometimes using complex and large formulas make your workbook heavy in size so it’s better to convert them into absolute values before sharing with other.

And, all the methods which we have discussed above can help you in different situations.

If you ask me my favorite one is the keyboard shortcut but I also like to use power query.

What’s your favorite one? Do you have any other method which you use while converting formulas into values?

Please share with me in the comment section, I’d love to hear from you. And, don't forget to share this tip with your friends.

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  • Carlos Mario Castaño

    This are the VBA statements i use to change formulas into values:

    Application.calculation = xlCalculationManual

    With selection

    .Calculate

    .Value = . Value

    End With

    Application.calculation = xlCalculationAutomatic
    I think it´s faster than a loop over all selection cells.
    Sincerely Yours,
    Carlos

    • محمد حلمي

      Thank you