## Excel formulas are not updating

The value returned by Excel’s formula doesn’t update automatically – the cell with the formula continues to show the old value even after changing the values of the dependent cells.

The problem is most likely caused by accidentally changing the calculation setting from **Automatic** to **Manual**. To fix this we just have to set the **Calculation** option back to **Automatic**.

To change the Calculation option we have to go through these simple steps

- In
**Excel 2010**–**2016**, click on File >> Options >> Formulas >> Calculation options section >> Under Workbook Calculation Select**Automatic** - In
**Excel 2007**, click on the Office button >> Excel Options >> Formulas >> Workbook Calculations here select**Automatic** - In
**Excel****2003**, click on Tools >> Options >> Calculation >> Calculation select**Automatic**

If you are using new ribbon interface you can go to the Formulas tab > Calculation group, click on Calculation Options and from the drop-down menu select **Automatic**.

## Force Excel Formulas to Recalculate!

Ok then if you have really good reason to keep your calculation method to **Manual **at least how can you refresh all formulas? To make excel formulas recalculate just hit **Calculate** button on the ribbon!

If you like using shortcuts you can try one of those:

- To recalculate the
**whole workbook**press**F9**or go to**Formulas**tab on the ribbon and under**Calculation group**hit**Calculate Now** - To run recalculation only on
**Active Sheet**press**Shift + F9**or go to**Formulas**tab on the ribbon and under**Calculation Group**hit**Calculate Sheet** - If you want to recalculate all the sheets in all open workbooks press
**Ctrl**+**Alt**+**F9**

If you need to recalculate only **One Formula** on **one sheet** just enter the editing mode by either **double click on the cell** or **pressing F2**, then hit **Enter**!

## Excel shows the Formula, not the Result

There are three main reasons why this may happen to you, we will discuss all three of them!

### Formula is entered as Text

Frequently when we enter formulas in excel don’t think of the Number Format. However, sometimes we may enter a formula that has been formatted as Text, to check this just select the cell with the formula and look at the **Number Format** box on the **Home** Tab.

If that is the reason just change the** Number Format** to **General **and hit **Enter**!

### Show Formulas is turned ON

The second reason why you see your formula instead of the result may be the **Show Formulas **option. To turn that option OFF you just have to go to **Formulas** tab and under **Formula Auditing **turn off **Show Formulas** button.

### There is a space before your Formula

The last case in which you can have cells showing formulas instead of results is when you have entered a **space** or **apostrophe** before the **Formula** (Equal sign).

In that case Excel formats the cell as **Text **and you won’t see the result. To fix this issue, just delete the leading space or apostrophe from the cell!

If your formulas are not still not working make sure you check our post about **8 Most common mistakes when using Excel Formulas.**