I am working on a way of building out a formula rather than a bunch of if/then statements. Is there a way I can convert the text from one cell and use that text as the formula of another?


A1 = 1
A2 = 2
B1's formula reads "=A1+A2" (without quotes) resulting in the value of 3 in cell B1

In C1, if i literally have the text value of "A1+A2" without the quotes, is there a way in cell D1 i can reference the text of C1 to display the value of 3?

I tried ="=" & indirect(C1) and =indirect("=" & C1) but both fail.

  • Correction?: B1's formula reads "=A1+A2" (without quotes) resulting in the value of 3 in cell B1
    – Tedinoz
    Aug 24 '20 at 21:38
  • Dang nice catch. Correcting now.
    – PY_
    Aug 24 '20 at 21:40
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    Have you read Convert a text string to a formula in a spreadsheet? Four years old, which is a long time, but off the top of my head, I can't think of a better solution. (which possibly means there IS a better solution) ;-)
    – Tedinoz
    Aug 24 '20 at 21:45
  • First time seeing it. I am sure I am not using the correct search terms. That one from what i can see is using google scrip to make it work. So i am guessing that I cant do what i want in a formula only then?
    – PY_
    Aug 24 '20 at 21:58
  • Is the formula as predictable as in your example scenario?
    – Tedinoz
    Aug 24 '20 at 22:47

Try this formula in cell D1:


The logic is explained in the screenshot



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