How to delete a broken formula in Excel in Windows 10/11 [Steps]

Tips to delete a broken formula in Excel:

In this post, we are going to discuss on “How to delete a broken formula in Excel in Windows 10”. You will be guided here with easy steps/methods to do so. Let’s starts the discussion.

‘Excel Formulas’: Excel Formulas is one of the features of Microsoft Excel application allows you to perform various calculations and data analysis faster. In MS Excel, a formulas is an expression that operates on values in range of cells. These formulas return a result, even when it is an error. It offers you to perform calculations like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Additionally, you can find out averages and percentages, manipulate date & time values and do a lot more. There are plenty of Excel formulas and functions depending on what kind of operations you want to perform on the Excel workbook.

However, if you are facing some error like ‘There’s a problem with this formula. Not trying to type a formula’ error or other errors while entering formulas in cells in MS Excel workbook in your Windows 10 computer. These formulas errors indicate that Excel can’t understand what you are trying to do so, so you might just want over, and you will return to cell with broken formula, which will be in ‘Edit’ mode.

If you see the cell with a broken formula after entering the formula on the specific cell in Excel workbook, Excel will highlight the spot where it is having problem means you mouse cursor/point will blink on the position where is some problem with formula’s syntax. However, if you still don’t know what to do from there when you see broken formula, and want to start over, you can press ‘ESC’ key on keyboard again or select ‘Cancel’ button in formula bar and this way, it will show the Edit Mode. Let’s go for the solution.

How to delete a broken formula in Excel in Windows 10?

Method 1: Remove the formulas within the sheets but leave the data

If you want to delete a broken formula in Excel without deleting Excel data in cell, follow the steps below.

Step 1: At first, save the copy of formula. It is very easy to accidently delete all formula and then overwrites the original.

Step 2: Highlight the area or whole sheet and copy it. To do so, press ‘CTRL + C’ keys on keyboard

Step 3: Now, click ‘Paste Special’ and choose ‘Paste as Values’ icon. Once done, you will see that the cell that previously had a formula, now only show the values/data as result

Method 2: Across many sheets at the same time in Excel

If you want delete broken formula in multiple sheets at the same time, then you can follow the steps below.

Step 1: At fist, click on ‘First Sheet’ in your Excel workbook and hold ‘SHIFT’ keys on keyboard and click on ‘Last Sheet’. You will notice that colour of sheet names turns whiter and name of file includes that work Group.

Step 2: Now, follow the same steps as you followed in above method like the following steps:

  • highlight the area (or the whole sheet) in the sheet you are (don’t worry about the other sheets)
  • Copy it (CTRL + C or whatever way you use to Copy cells)
  • Click on Paste Special
  • Choose the paste as Values icon.

Step 3: It will do the exact same thing on all other sheets because all sheets are grouped. For example, it will copy sheet 1 and paste the value onto sheet 1 and do the same on all other sheets. Once done, you will notice in each sheets that there is only numbers/data in sheets and no formula at all.

Note: To ungroup the sheets, right-click on any of the sheets and select ‘UnGroup sheets’.

Method 3: Find and remove formulas in Excel using keyboard shortcuts

This method helps you to find the cell containing the formulas and then provide instructions to delete the formulas.

Step 1: Press ‘CTRL + G’ keys on keyboard to open ‘Go To’ dialog box and select ‘Special’ option

Step 2: Now, select ‘Formulas’ from the list and hit ‘Ok’ button. All cells containing formulas will be selected. You can highlight the cell with colour.

Step 3: Now, repeat the same steps as you followed in ‘Method 1’ to delete broken formulas in highlighted cells. This will remove formulas from all cells you highlighted.


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