The Function tooltips feature is available in Excel 2002 and later
versions. To turn the feature on:
On the General tab, add a check mark to 'Function tooltips'
> Excel on my old laptop would "prompt" me as I entered a formula. By prompt, I
> mean that a small beige box (comprised of a single line of text) would appear
> outlining the formula arguments as I typed. It was akin to the formula
> wizzard, but not nearly as comprehensive - a kind of reminder of the
> variables necessary to complete the formula. This ability was enormously
> useful and appears to be disabled on my new laptop. How can I enable it?
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