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Let Excel Proofread

Let Excel Proofread

So, you’ve just entered a formula into an MS Excel cell and you get this: #NAME.

Now, what’s that?

Well, it turns out that you’re looking at Excel’s way of letting you know you’ve used a name Excel doesn’t recognize.

For me, it most commonly means that I’ve entered the name of a function with a typo and now Excel is confused.

If you have a short, simple formula, it’s no problem to scan what you’ve typed to find the problem, but what about those long complicated formulae that contain several different functions and named data ranges?

That scenario gets a little tougher to proofread.

It can even get downright frustrating if you’re not able to easily find the problem.

So, may I suggest that we let Excel help?

Yeah, I thought you’d like that idea.

In order to have Excel “lend a helping hand,” simply type your function names in small case letters.

When you hit the Enter key, Excel will capitalize the letters of all the functions it recognizes.

Then when you go to proofread, you will immediately know that all the function names that are capitalized are not the problem, so you can concentrate on the items that are still in small case.

A quick side note: I found that Excel wouldn’t capitalize the names of data ranges, but let’s face it, if we can get Excel to at least help narrow down our search for the error, we’re making progress!

~ April