# Excel FORMULATEXT Function

Summary

The Excel FORMULATEXT function returns a formula as a text string from given reference. You can use FORMULATEXT to extract a formula as text from a cell. If you use FORMULATEXT on a cell that doesn't contain a formula, you'll get an #N/A error.

Purpose

Get the formula in a cell

Return value

The formula as text

Syntax

=FORMULATEXT (reference)

Arguments

**reference**- Reference to cell or cell range.

Usage notes

You can use the FORMULATEXT function to extract a formula as text from a cell. Once extracted, you can work with the formula like any other text.

Remember that you can *temporarily* display all formula in a worksheet with a keyboard shortcut.

If you just want to test to see if a cell contains a formula or not, use the ISFORMULA function.

Notes:

- If you use FORMULATEXT on a cell that doesn't contain a formula, you'll get an #N/A error.
- You can reference another workbook, but if the workbook is not open, you'll get an #N/A error.
- FORMULATEXT was introduced in Excel 2013.