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How do I clear cells of data but leave teh formulas in Excel

by garry52w / January 29, 2013 6:42 AM PST

iMac 0s10.6.8 Office, Microsoft Excel 2011 - I have a spreadsheet that I used last year for tax information. I would like to use the same spreadsheet this year but I can not clear the cells without removing the formulas as well. Does anyone know what I need to do.. I have followed the directions that I have found and tried all ways but still no success.

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Let's say the formula is as such.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 29, 2013 6:50 AM PST


This would be in cell a1. To clear the values I clear just cells b1 and c1. Of course that may result in some ERR! being shown in a1 but that's proper.

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Re: clearing
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 29, 2013 7:10 AM PST

How to do this:
1. Protect all cells with formulas, so they won't be deleted.
2. Switch protection for the worksheet on.
3. Delete all.
The settings stay on, so next year it's just step 3 (unless the tax laws or your situation and thus the formulas change).

It makes sense to save a copy of the original worksheet before you do this. Just in case you erase a formula because you forgot to protect it.


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Re: clearing
by sdutton / January 13, 2016 4:07 AM PST
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I'm using Office 2016 . . . this doesn't seem to be working. With the worksheet protected, I can't get past the warning.

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Which is proper for a protected sheet.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 13, 2016 7:55 AM PST
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You either unprotect or clear what is not protected.

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