Every user will agree that **Microsoft Excel** is one of the most valuable tools in the antiquity of modern computing. Every single day, millions of people use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to perform a plethora of tasks, starting from simple ones like maintaining journal entries or records to advanced data analysis based on complex formulas. Irrefutably, Excel Formulas play a vital role in data processing. But sometimes you may find that the **Excel Formulas are not updating automatically.**

## Excel Formulas not updating automatically

It can be frustrating when your formulas are not updating automatically on Excel. Building on that, here are the possible reasons why it may happen. In this post, we explain four such scenarios:

- The calculation is configured to “Manual”
- The cell is formatted as Text
- Show Formulas button is turned on
- Space entered before the Equal sign.

Let us see each of them in detail.

### 1] Calculation is configured to “Manual”

This is one of the most common reasons and the first check you must perform. Sometimes, the calculation option is configured to “manual,” which is the main glitch causing the cells not to update the formulas in Microsoft Excel. You can fix this problem.

Launch Excel, Click the “**Formulas Tab**” and then the “**Calculation Options**” button. Now set the calculation option to “**Automatic**”.

This setting can be altered by macros or by other Excel workbooks opened earlier. Hence, if you aren’t aware of this setting, it could be causing this problem.

### 2] The cell is formatted as Text

Accidentally formatting the cells, including formulas, as “**Text**” could be another issue causing this problem. When in Text format, the cell will not calculate as intended.

Click on the cell and check the Number group of the Home tab. If it displays “**Text**”, alter it to “**General**” using the drop-down menu.

Now, re-calculate the formula in the cell by double-clicking on the cell and pressing “**Enter”**.

### 3] Show Formulas button is turned on

If the “**Show Formulas**” button on the Formulas tab is turned on, the formulas do not work. This can be done accidentally by the user or by someone who would be using this workbook previously. This button is primarily used when auditing formulas. Hence it displays the formula instead of the end result. However, this tab is beneficial when troubleshooting formula glitches.

To fix this, click the “**Show Formulas**” button and **Turn it Off**.

### 4] Space entered before the Equal sign

The final reason could be while typing the formula if you mistakenly enter a space before the “Equal (=)”, the formula will not calculate. This one mistake is quite challenging to notice, hence very often goes unrecognized.

Check if there is a space by Double-clicking the cell if so, delete it and the formula will update.

I hope these tips help many of you solve your problem with Excel formulas not updating automatically. Regular Excel users will encounter these issues more than once, but now you can tackle them well enough!

### How do I get Excel to update formulas automatically?

Excel has a setting called Calculation Options that decides when formulas are recalculated. Normally, Excel recalculates formulas automatically whenever you change a cell that’s part of the formula. But if you turned off automatic recalculation, you can still do it manually by pressing F9.

### Why is AutoFill not working in Excel?

AutoFill may not work in Excel because it’s turned off in the program’s settings. To turn it on, click on the File menu, then Options, then Advanced, and ensure that the “Enable fill handle and cell drag-and-drop” option is checked under Editing options.