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Occasionally when I hit CR to exit a cell with a formula in it (like:  =A1*B1) it leaves the formula visible (like a pasted value: "A1*B1").  Then it won't compute. I don't want that.  What am I doing wrong?

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "hit CR".
If you are refering to the enter key, then perhaps you are somehow changing the formula from a formula to text.  If the = or plus sign has been removed from the formula or you have inadvertantly put a space in front of the formula (or any other text) then the formula will appear in the cell but it won't compute, because it has been changed to text.
I mention the space because it won't show up and the formula will still look okay.  This is also true of an apostrophe.  The apostrophe won't show in the cell if it is entered before the formula (it will show in the formula bar).  Most likely you have entered a space.  To check it out go to the cell and put the cursor in the formula bar to the left of the = sign then hit the backspace key.  If there is a space there it will remove it.

Hope this helps

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Richard Roberts


Can assist you in most areas of Excel, have been working with it for about 15 years in many types of applications, but primarily in financial and accounting applications. I am a CPA and many client or client problems have necessitated the use of excel. I am not an expert in charting, macros, or pivot tables.


Have been working with Excel for about 20 years primarily in accounting and financial areas.

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