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## Text to formulas

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Here's a "cheater method" that might help some of you from time to time:

Suppose you have a spreadsheet with a whole bunch of data in columns, and you want to list specific outputs from a column in a row (like with paste special | transpose), and you want the output row to remain linked to the column data (unlike paste special | transpose).

You could use the index() function to select the desired data...

or you could cheat as follows - make your row with a couple example cells containing the desired formulas, except use ' to mark the formulas as text.  Drag across the desired range to generate a row with text that displays the equations you'd like to have.  Copy that row and paste into notepad, then copy from notepad and paste back into excel - presto!  you now have "live" formulas instead of text.

ex:

'=A1   '=A3  '=A5  '=A7  '=A9  '=A11

copy into notepad and get

=A1  =A3  =A5  =A7  =A9  =A11

copy into excel and they're live...

### RE: Text to formulas

There's a law against that! Other peculiar things I've done - write equations in MathCad, using its algebraic functions to come up with a single statement, then find and replace the variable names with cell names, then cut and paste into the spreadsheet.

Cheers

Greg Locock

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