We use the formula bar to display and modify formulas. The formula bar is a toolbar that appears at the top of our worksheet, below the Ribbon in our workbook. The formulas bar, sometimes called **fx bar**, displays **text or number data** in **active **or** current cells,** **formulas in an active cell **or** range of cells** in place of a **selected data series** in an Excel chart.

**Editing formulas, charts, and data**

By simply clicking on any cell in our range of data, we can find the formula contained in that active cell in the formula bar.

*Figure 1 – Show Excel Formula bar*

**How to Hide or ****Show the Formula bar**

1. To view the formula bar in excel, we will click on the **View tab** in the ribbon and check the formula option.

*Figure 2 – How to show formula bar*

2. To hide the formula bar in excel, we will click on the **View tab** in the ribbon and **uncheck **the formula option. The formula bar will no longer be visible at the top of the worksheet.

*Figure 3 – Hide formula bar*

**Expanding the ****formula bar**** in Excel**

If we are working with complex formulas or long data entries, we can expand the formula bar in excel. To do this;

- We will hover the mouse pointer around the bottom of the formula bar until it becomes a
**two-headed arrow**

**We will press and hold down the left mouse button and pull down to expand the formula bar**

*Figure 4 – Show formula bar in expanded format*

- Now, we can wrap formula bar on multiple lines by clicking to place insertion point and then press
**Alt + Enter**on the keyboard. Our formula from the break will move to the next line in the formula bar.

*Figure 5 – Wrap formula across multiple lines*

- Alternatively, we can use the keyboard shortcut
**Ctrl +Shift +U**to expand formula bar.

**Hide Formula bar**** using Worksheet protection**

We can prevent the formula bar from showing by using the Excel worksheet protection. First, we will hide the cells containing formulas and then apply for worksheet protection

- We will select the range of cells containing the formulas to hide
- In the
**Home Tab**, we will click on the**Format option**in the**drop-down menu** - Here, we will click on
**Format Cells**

*Figure 6 – Hide Formulas with password protection*

- In the
**Format Cells dialog box,**we will select the Protection tab and mark the Hidden checkbox. We will press**OK**to apply

*Figure 7 – Hide formulas in formula bar in Excel*

- Next, in the
**Home Tab,**we will select the**Format option**to open the drop-down menu. - We will tap the
**Protect Sheet button**at the bottom of the list

*Figure 8 – Hide formulas in Excel Formula bar*

- In the
**Protect Sheet dialog box,**we will**mark or unmark**our desired options. - We will click
**OK**to apply changes and close the dialog box.

*Figure 9 – Protect worksheet dialog box*

Whenever we click into any of the cells, we will not be able to see the formula in the formula bar as shown below

*Figure 10 – How to hide formulas in Excel formula bar*