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Converting a Formula to a Value

If a cell contains a formula whose value will never change, you can convert the formula to that value. This not only speeds up large worksheet recalculations, but it also frees up memory for your worksheet because values use less memory than formulas. For example, you might have formulas in part of your worksheet that use values from a previous fiscal year. Because these numbers aren't likely to change, you can safely convert the formulas to their values. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Select the cell containing the formula you want to convert.
  2. Double-click the cell or press F2 to select in-cell editing.
  3. Press F9. The formula changes to its value.
  4. Press Enter or click the Enter button. Excel changes the cell to the value.

You'll often need to use the result of a formula in several places. For example, if a formula is in cell C5, you can display its result in other cells by entering =C5 in each of the cells. This is the best method if you think the formula result might change because, if it does, Excel updates the other cells automatically. However, if you're sure that the result won't change, you can copy only the value of the formula into the other cells. Use the following procedure to do this:

  1. Select the cell that contains the formula.
  2. Copy the cell.
  3. Select the cell or cells to which you want to copy the value.
  4. Select Home, display the Paste list, and then select Paste Values. Excel pastes the cell's value to each cell you selected.

Another method that has been available since Excel 2003 is to copy the cell, paste it into the destination, click the Paste Options drop-down list, and then select Values Only.

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