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Convert Formulas to Text in Google Sheets: A Guide

Jason Gong
App automation expert
Apps used
Google Sheets
April 15, 2024

Converting formulas to text in Google Sheets can be achieved through simple copy-paste actions or by using add-ons like Power Tools for a more automated process. This ensures your data remains static, preserving both the results and the original formatting.

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Google Sheets Convert Formula to Text

Converting formulas to text in Google Sheets is essential for various reasons, such as preventing formulas from recalculating or transferring data between sheets without altering the original formula. This guide will explore several methods to achieve this, ensuring your data remains static and unaltered during the process.

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Convert Formula to Text in Google Sheets

To convert formulas to text, Google Sheets offers a straightforward approach that involves copying and pasting the formula as values. This method ensures that the result of the formula is preserved, but the formula itself is removed. Here's how to do it:

  1. Highlight all cells containing the formulas you wish to convert.
  2. Copy the selected cells by pressing 'Ctrl+C' (or 'Cmd+C' on Mac).
  3. Paste the values only by pressing 'Ctrl+Shift+V' (or 'Cmd+Shift+V' on Mac). This action pastes the results of the formulas, effectively converting them to text.

Note: The 'Paste values only' option can also be accessed by right-clicking a cell, selecting 'Paste special', and then choosing 'Paste values only'.

Using Add-ons for Advanced Conversion

For a more automated approach, Google Sheets supports add-ons like Power Tools, which offer a range of functionalities including the conversion of formulas to values with a single click. Here's how to use it:

  1. Install the Power Tools add-on from the Google Workspace Marketplace.
  2. Open the add-on by navigating to 'Add-ons > Power Tools > Start' and click the 'Formulas' icon.
  3. Select the cells you wish to convert, choose 'Convert formulas to values', and hit 'Run'.
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This method is particularly useful for large datasets or when you need to convert formulas frequently.

Preserving Formatting After Conversion

One common issue encountered during the conversion process is the loss of original formatting. To retain the formatting, you'll need to perform an additional step after converting formulas to text:

  1. After pasting the values, copy the format from a cell with the desired formatting using 'Ctrl+Alt+V' (or 'Cmd+Option+V' on Mac).
  2. Apply the copied format to the converted cells using the Paint Format tool (the paint roller icon in the toolbar).
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This two-step process ensures that your data not only retains its original values but also its visual presentation.


Converting formulas to text in Google Sheets can be accomplished through simple copy-paste actions or by utilizing add-ons for a more streamlined process. Remember to address formatting issues post-conversion to maintain the visual integrity of your data. Whether you're preparing data for presentation or ensuring static values for analysis, these methods provide the flexibility needed for effective data management in Google Sheets.

Automate Your Google Sheets with Bardeen Playbooks

While converting formulas to text in Google Sheets can be done manually as described above, automating this process can save you a significant amount of time, especially when dealing with large datasets or frequent conversions. Bardeen offers powerful playbooks that automate tasks within Google Sheets, making your workflow more efficient.

  1. Save selected text to Google Sheets, when I right-click: This playbook simplifies data collection by allowing you to save any selected text directly into a Google Sheets document with just a right-click, streamlining the process of data entry and compilation.
  2. Get a YouTube transcript for the current video in a Google Sheet: Automate the process of transcribing YouTube videos directly into Google Sheets. This playbook is perfect for content creators, educators, or researchers who utilize video content and require an efficient way to capture and analyze data.
  3. Copy a newly created Asana task to Google Sheets: Enhance your project management by automatically syncing new tasks from Asana into a Google Sheets spreadsheet. This integration ensures that your project tracking is always up to date, allowing for seamless collaboration and reporting.

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