Re: Excel: Stop Saying "Formula Bar"

Cearbhall O'Meadhra

Sara, Brian and all who follow this thread,


I am running:

Microsoft Excel 2016

Windows 10 Version 2004 (OS Build 19041.867)

NVDA Version: 2020.4


After trying various combinations of the following two settings under the Advanced tab in the excel Options,

When I pressed the “=” key to edit  a cell,

I found

First, that NVDA says "Formula Bar editing Equals" When:

"Allow editing directly in cells" is disabled

“Show formula bar” is enabled


Next, I found that NVDA stops saying "Formula Bar editing Equals"

and says "Pane" instead When:

"Allow editing directly in cells" is disabled

“Show formula bar” is disabled.


The good news is that

I found that NVDA stops saying "Formula Bar editing Equals" and, instead, says "Editing Equals" When:

"Allow editing directly in cells" is enabled

“Show formula bar” is either enabled or disabled



So, to disable the annoying "Formula Bar editing Equals”, the setting for Allowing editing in cells" needs to be enabled and it does not matter whether "Show formula bar" is enabled or disabled.


I hope this helps.


All the best,




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From: <> On Behalf Of Sarah k Alawami
Sent: Monday, March 29, 2021 11:44 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Excel: Stop Saying "Formula Bar"


I actually have that issue as well. When I edit my reports I hear "entering formula bar" when I hit f2 to edit and it doesn't matter what i enter, a call sign? Text? Numbers? What ever I enter I do hear it, and sometimes I do not.


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On 29 Mar 2021, at 9:49, Brian Vogel wrote:

On Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 12:37 PM, Pele West wrote:

Is there a setting to stop NVDA saying "Formula Bar" every time I type in a cell in Excel?

What are you typing?

If it is indeed a formula, this is NVDA's way of letting you know that Excel has caught that fact and the cell formula is being entered in the formula bar.

If it's just text, or a number, or something else then you shouldn't hear that announcement, as a formula has not been detected.

I know of no way to turn that off and, for myself, would not want to.

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 20H2, Build 19042  

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