# Excel help on part of a formula

Updated on October 10, 2014

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## Evaluating Parts of a Formula

Excel provides an Evaluate Formula tool that helps you to evaluate parts of a formula (that is, calculate the result) and to trace the precedents of the parts of the formula. The capability to evaluate parts of a formula can prove very useful if your tracking down errors in formulas.

To evaluate parts of a formula, follow these steps:

1. Click the cell that contains the formula.

2. Choose Tools>Formula Auditing>Evaluate Formula.

You can also click the Evaluate Formula button dialog box. In the Reference area, the cell reference appears. The Evaluation preview box displays the formula with the first expresssion or cell reference underlined.

3. To show the value of the underlined expression, click Evaluate. Excel italicizes the result of the expression.

4. Repeat Step 3 as many times as necessary to evaluate all expressions in the formula.

5. Use the Step In button to examine the formula that the underlineed cell reference in the expression represents. Use the Step Out button to evaluate the current reference and return to the previous reference.

6. Click Close after you finish evaluating the formula.

Remember: The Step In button is not available if a cell reference lies in a difference workbook.

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