## Key Takeaway:

- Excel comments serve an important role in adding notes, explanations, or additional context to your spreadsheet. They can be used to clarify calculations or provide instructions to collaborators.
- To add a comment in Excel, simply right-click on the cell and select “Insert Comment.” From there, you can type your comment and adjust its formatting and appearance according to your needs.
- You can insert formula results in Excel comments using various functions such as CONCATENATE, TEXT, and VALUE. Additionally, you can format formula results using the FORMAT and TEXT functions, and automate the process using macros and functions like INDIRECT and OFFSET.

Having trouble organizing data in your Excel spreadsheets? You can easily place formula results in comments to keep track of calculations! With this helpful tip, you’ll improve your spreadsheet organization.

## Excel Comments: Purpose and Adding Comments

**Excel comments are helpful!** They can help make work organized and clear. In this segment, we’ll discuss their purpose, usage, and how to add them.

**Why use comments?** They streamline collaboration and give clarity. Let’s look at how to add them to spreadsheets. Get ready to make your Excel spreadsheets more user-friendly!

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### Importance and Usage of Comments in Excel

**Comments are essential for Excel**. They are like notes, which help you remember why you made changes in the workbook or what someone else did. This feature aids in writing explanations, instructions, and suggestions for future use.

Here are **3 steps to their importance and usage in Excel**:

**Track Changes**

Comments can help you keep a record of changes you’ve made to the worksheet, starting from minor formatting tweaks to major formula updates. After weeks, months, or years, comments can act as reminders of why you made certain changes.**Teamwork**

In large organizations, multiple team members may work on the same Excel file. Comments can be used to collaborate between different teams.**Share Insights**

If an explanation is needed for a calculation, comments let you share your thought process, to help others understand your methods easily.

**Comments may seem unimportant, but they are useful not just for others, but for you too!**

You should use descriptive language when writing comments, so they are as detailed as possible, but still concise. Also, *delete old comments which don’t match the current version of the workbook*.

### Steps to Add Comments in Excel

To add comments to your Excel sheet:

- Click on the cell you want to comment on.
- Go to the
**‘Review’**tab at the top of the window. - Click the
**‘New Comment’**button. - Type in your comment and press
**Enter**.

You’ll see a **small red triangle** in the corner of that cell, showing that it has a comment.

To view or edit the comment, **hover over it** with your cursor. It will appear as a pop-up.

Repeat these steps to add comments to multiple cells.

Adding comments in Excel is useful for making notes and extra info about specific cells, especially when working with others.

**Don’t put too many comments – only write relevant and necessary information.**

Fun fact: Microsoft Excel was first released for Macs in 1985.

*Now we’ll learn how to insert formula results in Excel comments.*

## How to Insert Formula Results in Excel Comments

Tired of scrolling through your Excel sheet to find the formula results? As an Excel user, I know how annoying it can be. But, there’s a solution! Inserting formula results directly into cell comments. In this article, I’ll guide you through the steps.

We’ll explore 3 sub-sections:

- Using the CONCATENATE function to combine text and formula results.
- Converting numbers to text with the TEXT function.
- Converting text to numbers with the VALUE function.

Let’s make Excel work better for us!

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### Combining Text and Formula Results using CONCATENATE Function

To use this technique, follow these steps:

- Type the text you want before the formula result.
- Enter the formula that produces the result.
- Add an ampersand (&) followed by a space after the text.
- Put the formula in parentheses.

For instance, if you have two cells with 10 and 5 numbers, you can type “The sum of 10 and 5 is: ” in the comment box. Then, add “=SUM(A1:B1)” in parentheses. The comment will read: “The sum of 10 and 5 is: 15”.

You can also use the **CONCATENATE function** to join strings and other functions, like IF statements or VLOOKUPs. With this technique, you can add information within cells without needing an extra column/row.

If you’re handling large data sets, you can use basic level **SQL on Excel spreadsheets**. That way, you can concatenate faster than using an application.

Now that we’ve discussed **Combining Text and Formula Results with CONCATENATE Function**, let’s look at the **TEXT Function**. It converts numbers to text natively in Excel.

### Converting Numbers to Text with the TEXT Function

Convert numbers to text with the TEXT function. It’s simple! Select the cell where you want the conversion. Type **=TEXT(** plus the cell reference or value you want to convert. Add a comma and *quotation marks enclosing the desired format code*. Finish with parentheses and press Enter.

For example, if you want a currency value in cell A1 to convert to a text string with dollar sign & two decimal places, type **=TEXT(A1,”$0.00″)** and hit Enter.

Remember the format code is *case-sensitive*. So “D” is different from “d”. Also, some format codes require extra syntax within quotation marks.

A pro-tip: Use custom number formats instead of generic ones. For instance, use *“mm/dd/yyyy”* for dates or *“#,#0.00”* for currency values instead of “General”.

Now you know how to convert numbers to text with the TEXT function. Next up: learn how to convert Text to Numbers with the VALUE Function.

### Converting Text to Numbers with the VALUE Function

To use the **VALUE** function, do these six steps:

- Pick the column with the text values you want to convert.
- Right-click the chosen cells and select “Format Cells”.
- In the Format Cells dialog box, pick “Number” and the correct format for the numbers.
- Click OK to close the dialog box.
- In an empty cell, enter the formula
**=VALUE(cell reference)**. Replace “cell reference” with the reference for one of the cells with text values. - Copy the formula to other necessary cells.

**Be aware** that some formatting can disrupt the conversion process. For example, Excel won’t recognize spaces before or after a number as a numeric value.

A top tip is to use Excel’s **TRIM** function before applying **VALUE**. This function removes leading and trailing spaces from values and can make sure it converts properly.

Switching to our next topic, **Formatting Formula Results in Excel Comments** lets you add information or explanations about your data without making your spreadsheets messy. Keep reading to find out more about this useful feature!

## Formatting Formula Results in Excel Comments

Do you use **Excel**? Ever wanted to add more detailed comments to your formulas but felt the space was too limited? No worries, you can display formula results in comments by using a simple formatting technique. Let’s dive into this exciting world!

I’ll guide you through three sub-sections:

- Firstly, learn how to use the
**FORMAT function**to precisely format numbers in comments. - Next, discover how to utilize the
**TEXT function**to format dates. - Lastly, use the
**REPLACE function**to add line breaks and make your comments easier to read.

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### Formatting Numbers with the FORMAT Function

The **FORMAT Function** in Excel can give your data a more professional and polished look. To use it, simply follow these steps:

- Select the cells with numbers you want to format.
- In the Home tab, select More Number Formats from the Number Format drop-down menu.
- Choose Custom from the Category list in the Format Cells dialog box.
- Type your custom number formatting code in the Type field. For example: #,###.
- Click OK.

You can create different formats for your data by using symbols in your custom number format code. For instance, adding a “$” sign before your code will show currency values.

The **FORMAT Function** provides more options than simple tools like Format Painter or Custom Styles. It lets you customize numbers without changing their actual value, making spreadsheets easier to read.

Professionals often use this function when analyzing financial data or presenting numerical figures. With this feature, users can quickly understand large sets of figures.

The **TEXT Function** is also useful for formatting date codes according to your preferences. This is especially helpful when you need to show only year or month details.

### Formatting Dates with the TEXT Function

If you’re looking to format dates in Excel, the **TEXT function** is perfect! This lets you change dates into different formats, such as month and year, or day-month-year.

Here’s how to use it:

- Type
**=**followed by**TEXT**in a blank cell. - The cell reference of the date you want to format goes in parentheses.
- Give a
**‘formatting string’**for the second argument to display the date as you want.

For instance, if you have a date in cell A2 and wish to show it as **‘Month Year’** (i.e. ‘September 2021’), you’d use this formula:

=TEXT(A2,”MMMM YYYY”)

You might need to adjust your formatting string if the original date comes from another formula or was formatted in a special way.

The TEXT function is great as it gives you more control than Excel’s built-in formatting options. You can create unique displays that make data easier to understand.

Recently, I had to clearly show project deadlines to my team. I used the TEXT function and some custom formatting strings to create a view that helped everyone keep track of due dates.

Next, let’s take a look at **‘Adding Line Breaks with the REPLACE Function’**.

### Adding Line Breaks with the REPLACE Function

**Adding Line Breaks with the REPLACE Function** is a great tool in Excel. It let’s users add line breaks in comments without needing multiple cells or difficult formatting. This makes it more organized and efficient.

To use it, do these 3 steps:

**Select**the cell.**Type**your formula result with “&CHAR(10)&” between each line break.**Right-click**on the cell, select “Insert Comment”, and**paste**your formula using CTRL+V in the comment box.

Using this function keeps information organized and easy to read. It saves time by not needing multiple cells or complex formatting.

Excel does have natural line-breaking features, but they don’t always work. That’s why **REPLACE** is so helpful. It ensures desired formatting happens quickly.

People have found formatting comments in Excel difficult until recent years. Now it’s used a lot by Excel users around the world.

Now let’s look at another useful heading to automate spreadsheet processes even more – **“Automation of Formula Results in Excel Comments.”**

## Automation of Formula Results in Excel Comments

**Working with Excel? Automation is the way to go!** One way to automate is to put formula results in a comment. This helps you keep track and share your thought process with others. I’ll show you how to do this by creating a macro. Plus, I’ll introduce **INDIRECT** and **OFFSET** functions. These can help you quickly reference cells and ranges. Let’s explore these time-saving tips now!

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### Creating a Macro for Automating the Task

Create a macro to automate placing formula results in comments in Excel! It’ll save time, especially when you’re dealing with large datasets. Here’s the how-to:

- Open your workbook and select the sheet.
- Go to
**“Developer”**tab and then**“Visual Basic”**. - Click on
**“Insert”**and select**“Module”**. - Enter this code in the Module:
`Sub CommentFormula()`

Set selCell = ActiveCell

If selCell.HasFormula Then

selCell.Value = selCell.Value

End If

commentText = "Result: " & selCell.Text

selCell.ClearComments

selCell.AddComment commentText

End Sub - Save and close the editor.

Now, you can use this macro whenever you need to place formula results in comments. Excel will calculate your formulas automatically, put the results into comments, and reformat them as condensed text overlays above their cells.

Creating a Macro is great for automating repetitive processes. It’s important to understand how macros work to use them properly. Try it for yourself and reap the benefits of saved time!

### Referencing a Cell with the INDIRECT Function

To reference a cell using the **INDIRECT function**:

- Select the cell where you want to display the formula result.
- Go to the
**‘Review’**tab and select**‘New Comment’**. - In the comment box, type an
**‘=’**sign followed by your formula. - Add a space and “and” next to the formula result.
- Type
**“INDIRECT”**followed by an open parenthesis. - Click on the cell you want to reference and close the parenthesis.

The INDIRECT function is a lookup function that returns a value based on text. It refers to another workbook or worksheet without explicitly mentioning references.

Note: If either the sheet name or cell reference changes later, the formula will be updated automatically. This provides flexibility if files are renamed, copied, or moved.

**Pro Tip:** Formula results in comments can be viewed but not printed from Excel worksheets.

Referencing a Range with **OFFSET Function**:

The OFFSET function allows you to find information relative to specified cells. This means you don’t have to start at an absolute name unchangeable location every time.

### Referencing a Range with the OFFSET Function

To use **OFFSET** function in a range, follow these steps:

- Select the cell where you want to show the formula’s result.
- Go to
*Formulas*tab & choose*Insert Function*from the*Function Library*group. - In the
*Insert Function*dialog box, type “**OFFSET**” in the*Search for a function*box. Select “**OFFSET**” from the list & click “*OK*“.

You can start defining the range now. The **1st argument** is the cell where you’re entering the formula. The **2nd argument** is how many rows up/down you want to move from the starting reference point. **3rd argument** is how many columns right/left you want to move.

Adding some space between the target & pivot elements helps to differentiate them by eye. Also, a column between target & pivot elements is visually beneficial.

I was able to construct dynamic tables quickly with **OFFSET** function while making reports for my company’s management team. This saved me lots of time as I didn’t have to manually modify the tables every week.

The next heading is **Troubleshooting Formula Results in Excel Comments**. It will discuss how to debug issues within comments on Microsoft Excel files effectively.

## Troubleshooting Formula Results in Excel Comments

In Excel, **formulas are super important**. But what if the results don’t match what you wanted? In this section, I’m giving you tips for working out the problem. There are 3 sections where I’ll go over:

**Checking the formula syntax****Checking the cell references**in the formula- Making sure the
**data type of the results**is correct

With these techniques, you’ll be able to find and fix any issues with your Excel formulas.

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### Checking the Syntax of the Formula

To use formulas in Excel successfully, **‘Checking the Syntax of the Formula’** is important. Follow these steps:

- Click the cell for the result and type ‘=’, then the formula.
- Check parentheses are opened and closed.
- Separate arguments with commas.
- Include all necessary ranges and cells in the argument list.
- Enclose text strings in quotes.
- Press Enter to check if result is correct.

Syntax checking is important to ensure data accuracy. Even one typo or missed operator can alter results. One mistake may be forgetting **ROW()** or **COLUMN()** in an **INDEX/MATCH formula**. To fix, log chosen cells displaying wrong values to find mistakes.

Also, **verify cell references** used in the dataset. Doing so helps detect outdated ranges that may cause inaccuracy. For instance, I named a range incorrectly when troubleshooting counts not reflecting changes.

### Verifying the Cell References in the Formula

Verifying cell references in a formula? Follow this 5-step guide!

- Identify the faulty formula.
- Check each cell reference.
- Ensure the references are correct and point to the right location.
- Fix errors by selecting the affected cells. Update their values or position as needed.
- Refresh calculations for new data to be updated throughout the workbook.

Remember: Excel formulas can be tricky, especially with large datasets. We might think everything is correct, but something could be wrong, leading to an unexpected result.

To avoid this, double-check cell references when writing complex formulas. A simple mistake can cost time and resources, so it’s worth it to be thorough.

### Ensuring Correct Data Type of Formula Results

When working with Excel, *formulas* are often used to make calculations. However, applying a formula to a cell doesn’t guarantee the correct data type of the result. This can cause problems for further calculations and analysis. To ensure the right data type of the formula results, follow these steps:

- Add the formula to a cell as usual.
- Press
**Ctrl+Shift+Enter (for array formulas) or just Enter (for regular formulas)**. - The result should appear in the cell.
- Go to the
**“Review” tab**in Excel’s ribbon. Hover over the cell and select**“New Comment”**.

*It is important to make sure the data type is correct. If the wrong type is selected, any further calculations may not work properly. Thus, create a comment to explain your process based on these steps.*

By doing this, you will make sure your spreadsheet works without errors or inconsistencies that could cause problems in the future. **Try it now – accuracy and efficiency are worth it!**

## Some Facts About How To Place Formula Results In A Comment In Excel:

**✅ To place formula results in a comment in Excel, first write the formula in a cell.***(Source: Excel Easy)***✅ Next, right-click on the cell with the formula and select “Insert Comment.”***(Source: Excel Campus)***✅ In the comment box, type “=” followed by the cell reference of the formula.***(Source: Excel Tips)***✅ The result of the formula will now appear in the comment box.***(Source: Tech Community)***✅ Placing formula results in a comment in Excel can help to provide additional information and explain the purpose of the formula.***(Source: Ablebits)*

## FAQs about How To Place Formula Results In A Comment In Excel

### How to place formula results in a comment in Excel?

To place formula results in a comment in Excel, follow the steps below:

- Select the cell where you want to place the comment.
- Go to the ‘Review’ tab on the Excel ribbon.
- Click on the ‘New Comment’ button in the ‘Comments’ section.
- Type in the comment you want to add.
- In the comment box, type ‘=’ followed by the cell reference of the cell whose formula result you want to add.
- Press ‘Enter’ to save the comment with the formula result.

### Can I customize the appearance of the comment box with formula results?

Yes, you can customize the appearance of the comment box with formula results by following these steps:

- Right-click on the comment box with the formula result.
- Select ‘Format Comment’ from the options.
- Customize the formatting options as per your requirement.
- Click ‘Close’ to save the changes.

### Is it possible to update the formula result in a comment box automatically?

Yes, it is possible to update the formula result in a comment box automatically. To do this, follow the steps below:

- Open the ‘Visual Basic Editor’ by pressing ‘ALT + F11’.
- Click on ‘Insert’ in the menu bar, and select ‘Module’.
- Copy and paste the following code in the new module:
`Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range) If Not Application.Intersect(Target, Range("A1:B10")) Is Nothing Then On Error Resume Next Target.Comment.Text Text:=CStr(Evaluate(Target.Comment.Text)) End If End Sub`

- Close the ‘Visual Basic Editor’.
- The formula result in the comment box will now update automatically when the corresponding cell is changed.

### How can I hide the formula in the comment box?

To hide the formula in the comment box, follow the steps below:

- Select the comment box with the formula.
- Right-click on the comment box and select ‘Edit Comment’.
- Highlight the formula in the comment box by selecting it.
- Right-click on the highlighted formula and select ‘Format Cells’.
- Select the ‘Number’ tab in the ‘Format Cells’ dialog box.
- Select ‘Custom’ from the ‘Category’ list.
- In the ‘Type’ field, type ‘;;;’
- Click ‘OK’ to save the changes.
- The formula in the comment box will now be hidden.

### Can I use this feature in Microsoft Excel for Mac?

Yes, you can use this feature in Microsoft Excel for Mac. The steps to place formula results in a comment in Excel for Mac are the same as in Windows. Go to the ‘Review’ tab on the Excel ribbon and click on the ‘New Comment’ button in the ‘Comments’ section. Then, type ‘=’ followed by the cell reference of the cell whose formula result you want to add in the comment box.

Nick Bilton is a British-American journalist, author, and coder. He is currently a special correspondent at Vanity Fair.