Selecting Cells That Contain Formulas

To select the cells which contain only formulas, we can use the Go-To option in Microsoft Excel.

Go To Special: - This option is used to quickly re-direct to different cells in Excel.

Shortcut keys: F5 and Ctrl+G

Command button: Go to the Home tab>Select Find & Select >Select Go to Special

Let’s take an example to understand how we can select the cells which contain formulas.

We have a sales report, in which some cells contain formula.  We need to select these cells.
To Select the cells which contain formulas, follow the below given steps:-

  • Go to the Home tab.
  • Click on Find & Select from the Editing group.
  • The Find & Select drop down menu will appear.
  • Click on Formulas from the drop down menu.


  • All cells containing formulas will get selected.
  • In the Home tab from the editing group, click on Find & Select and select Go To Special or you can press the shortcut key F5.
  • When we press the F5 key, the Go-to dialog box will appear.
  • Click on Special button in the bottom left corner.


  • The Go-to-Special dialog box will open.
  • Select the Formulas option.
  • Click on OK.

All type of formulas will get selected  -numbers, text, logical, and errors in your workbook.

By using this method, we can identify that which cells contain the formulas and also highlight them.


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