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Excel Coordinates don't show up in Formula Bar

I've just started having a problem with my Excel that is affecting old and new documents. Instead of seeing A1, B4, C5 in the formula bar; I can only see a formula that looks like the following:


When I double click on the cell, the other cells that comprise the formula are highlighted. I only see numbers on both axes instead of letters on the X axis and numbers on the Y axis.

Can you help?

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  • sfrose Jan 02, 2008

    I tried as you suggested and no luck. It's happening on new documents as well as old. I don't have the Excel program set to default to Protect Sheet.

    The strangest part is that I no longer see letters on the Y-axis. That's why the coordinates aren't clear. I can go back and double click on a cell to see which cells the formula refers to- it highlights them. But otherwise, it's impossible for me to tell.

    Still confused.



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Heyo. I have had this problem before too. This procedure prevents the cells that contain the formula from being edited.

  1. Select the range of cells whose formulas you want to hide. You can also select the entire sheet.
  2. On the Format menu, click Cells, and then click the Protection tab.
  3. Select the Hidden check box.
  4. Click OK.
  5. On the Tools menu, point to Protection, and then click Protect Sheet.
  6. Make sure the Protect worksheet and contents of locked cells check box is selected.
Good Luck!

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