Rodolfo knows that he can configure Excel to allow editing in both the Formula bar and the cell itself, but he wants to configure it so that editing can be done only in the cell, not in the Formula bar.
There is no way to do this in Excel. The closest you can come is to make sure that cell editing is enabled (so that editing can be done in either the Formula bar or the cell) and then hiding the Formula bar. You can hide the Formula bar by these steps:
- Display the Excel Options dialog box. (In Excel 2007 click the Office button and then click Excel Options. In Excel 2010 and Excel 2013 display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
- Click Advanced at the left side of the dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
- In the Display section of the options, clear the Show Formula Bar check box.
- Click on OK.
Figure 1. The Advanced options in the Excel Options dialog box.
If you prefer, you can also programmatically turn off the Formula bar for a specific worksheet. You can do this by using the following two macros, which should be assigned to the code for the specific worksheet you want to affect. (You can display the proper code window by right-clicking the worksheet’s tab and selecting View Code from the resulting Context menu.)
Private Sub Worksheet_Activate() Application.DisplayFormulaBar = False End Sub
Private Sub Worksheet_Deactivate() Application.DisplayFormulaBar = True End Sub
The first macro turns off the Formula bar when the worksheet is activated, and the second turns it back on when the worksheet is deactivated (when another worksheet is selected).