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Is there anyway to do the reverse of =FORMULATEXT?

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    Is there anyway to do the reverse of =FORMULATEXT?

    Suppose I have a formula written as text, such as "=15+4", is there any way to convert this text back into a formula so that I will see the answer "19"?

    Simply put, I am looking for a function which does the same as =FORMULATEXT(), but in reverse.

    I Googled it and some respondent had written on another forum that it can't be done. I saw someone else had been able to use a Power Query called "Evaluate", but as I am running Excel on a Mac that kind of Power Query does not seem to be available to me.

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    Re: Is there anyway to do the reverse of =FORMULATEXT?

    In excel 2016 , we can use Evaluate as function in name manager.

    For sample.

    Select cell B1 then goto name manager,
    press New button,
    type the name you desire for sample CvtNum,
    in Refers to type
    =Evaluate(A1)
    press OK
    press close

    now you will got a function named CvtNum
    it will try to evaluate the left cell next to it.
    (You create that name while select B1 and refered to A1,
    A1 is the left cell next to B1)

    when you have any formula text , for sample in E5
    you can put =CvtNum in F5 to evaluate the text of formula in E5

    Regards.

    Note : I don't know did it works on mac.

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    Re: Is there anyway to do the reverse of =FORMULATEXT?

    Try this UDF . It works.
    UDF code
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    How to Use UDF code:
    In the developer tab click--> Visual Basic
    VB window opens
    Insert--> Module
    Paste the code.
    Close the VB window.
    Now UDF is available in Function List
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    Last edited by kvsrinivasamurthy; 03-08-2022 at 01:31 AM.
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    Re: Is there anyway to do the reverse of =FORMULATEXT?

    Menem, Your solution works brilliantly on my Mac. I am glad there was no Macro or VBA necessary!
    Last edited by AliGW; 03-08-2022 at 04:51 AM. Reason: PLEASE don't quote unnecessarily!

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    Re: Is there anyway to do the reverse of =FORMULATEXT?

    kvsrinvasamurthy, Thanks very much for your very clear explanation which works - but only after I looked at your example. It is my first initiation into User Defioned Functions - I really learned something. Thanks so much. To start with I thought I had to type =Evaluate or =UDF, but all solved not. Thanks again.
    Last edited by AliGW; 03-08-2022 at 04:51 AM. Reason: PLEASE don't quote unnecessarily!

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