I can type 1+1 in a cell, and then it appears unchanged.

However typing typing +1 or =1, it's not being taken as text, due to the prefixes, and it's shown differently.

What to type so a cell has shows the string +1 as output?

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Found an answer =ASC("+1")


A shorter solution, one which may be familiar from Microsoft Excel, is to start the content with a single quote ('):

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