Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Returning a Formula’s Arguments

Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Returning a Formula’s Arguments

I saw a question last year on one of the Excel newsgroups, asking for a way to return a formula’s arguments. I wondered, as you probably are, why this person wanted such a thing.

Still, I was intrigued at the question, so I answered it with the below User Defined Function that’s demonstrated by example in the picture.



The User Defined Function in pink cell E4 is
=Arguments(E1)

Here is the User Defined Function code:

Function Arguments(rng As Range) As String
Dim strFormula$
strFormula = rng.Formula
With WorksheetFunction
Arguments = _
Mid(strFormula, .Search("(", strFormula) + 1, _
.Search(")", strFormula) - .Search("(", strFormula) - 1)
End With
End Function
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5 comments on “Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Returning a Formula’s Arguments
  1. Neale Blackwood says:

    This works in Excel2013 and later versions
    =MID(FORMULATEXT(E2),SEARCH(“(“,FORMULATEXT(E2))+1,SEARCH(“)”,FORMULATEXT(E2))-SEARCH(“(“,FORMULATEXT(E2))-1)

  2. Yasser Khalil says:

    Thanks a lot. I think using Split is easier
    Arguments = Split(Split(strFormula, “(“)(1), “)”)(0)

  3. Yasser Khalil says:

    So this may be condensed like that

    Function Arguments(rng As Range) As String
    Arguments = Split(Split(rng.Formula, “(“)(1), “)”)(0)
    End Function

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