Article ID: 169970

Article Last Modified on 10/22/2000

APPLIES TO

- Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q169970

## SYMPTOMS

If you delete part of a formula while editing it directly in a cell, Microsoft Excel may stop responding (hang).

## CAUSE

The problem may occur when the following conditions are true:

- You edit a formula directly in a cell. -and-

- You press DELETE while the insertion point is at the beginning of the formula. -and-

- You make another change to the formula after deleting the equal sign.

## WORKAROUND

To delete part of a formula that begins with the equal sign, edit the formula in the formula bar instead of directly in the cell.

## STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.

## REFERENCES

For more information about editing formulas, click the Index tab in Microsoft Excel Help, type the following text

editing formulas, procedures

and then double-click the selected text to go to the "Edit a formula" topic.

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