Troubleshooting: Formula not Calculating

XLNS | See steps how to fix issues when your formulas are not working in Excel

Updated over a week ago


A cell displays the formula, not the result.


Here are different reasons why the Excel formula is not calculated:


1. The formula is entered as a text

One of the main reasons why Excel formulas or not calculating is that the cell has been formatted as text.

To validate the setting, select the formula cell

  • Go to Home tab> Number format

  • Change the cell format to General. Click the cell and enter the formula to recalculate and display the value

  • Here’s a clip on how to change the cell format to display the calculated value:

2. The formula has a leading space or apostrophe before the equal sign

If you have a space or apostrophe entered before the equal sign, it will be treated as text and will not calculate the formula.

To fix this, simply remove the leading space or single quote.

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