Do you often need to check the formulas in a worksheet? Rather than scan each cell individually, create a function that will mark the cells you need to check. Follow these steps:
- Open the worksheet containing those formulas and press Alt + F11
- Go to Insert | Module.
- Enter the following function (Figure A):
Function HF(range) As Boolean
HF = range.HasFormulaEnd Function
- Press Alt + Q.
- Go to Format | Conditional Formatting. In Excel 2007, click Conditional Formatting on the Home tab.
- Choose Formula Is from the Condition 1 drop-down list. In Excel 2007, click New Rule and then click Use A Formula To Determine Which Cells To Format.
- Enter the following formula:=HF(A1).
- Click the Format button.
- Click on the Patterns tab, select blue, and click OK. In Excel 2007, go to the Fill tab, choose blue under Background color (Figure B), and click OK.
- Click OK.
Now all cells containing formulas are highlighted in blue (Figure C).
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