Break Excel Formulas into Bite-size Sections

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

My spreadsheets contain very long, complex formulas that are hard to read. Is there some way to break them into smaller pieces without affecting the integrity of the formula?

There is an easy solution.

For example, take this long formula:

Wouldn’t it be easier to read if it were broken into sections, like this?

To “format” the formula this way I pressed Alt+Enter at each natural break in the formula.

Bonus : If you copy the four-line formula from the Formula bar and paste it into a worksheet, each line will be pasted into a different cell (see screenshot below). That gives you the opportunity to test each part of the formula.

SPONSORED REPORT

Revenue recognition: A complex effort

Implementing the new standard requires careful judgment. Learn how to make significant accounting judgments and document them and collaborate with peers for consistent application.

TECHNOLOGY Q&A

How to create maps in Excel 2016

Microsoft Excel 2016 has two new mapping capabilities. J. Carlton Collins, CPA, demonstrates how to make masterful 2D and 3D maps in Excel 2016.

QUIZ

News quiz: Economy and health care changes top CPAs’ list

CPA decision-makers’ economic outlook and the House Republicans’ proposed tax changes as part of replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act received attention recently. See how much you know with this short quiz.