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Formula in Excel

Formula in Excel

Formula in Excel

In an Excel formula with dependent/referneced cells how do I lock a particular dependent cell while letting the other dependent cells increment as I copy the formula to subsequent rows?

RE: Formula in Excel


If I understand the question correctly then you need to add $ signs to the formula  such as $A$1 so that the cells you copy the formula to will continue to pint to the cell A1.  If understood incorrectly please let me know


RE: Formula in Excel

If you want the cell to stay contant (ie, ref cell A1, hit the F4 key once selected A1 (should look like this, $A$1, or you can just type in the $).

If you only want the columns to remanin constant, type $A1, or for rows type A$1.

With this done, no matter where you copy cell to on worksheet, the row/column/both will remain unchanged.

RE: Formula in Excel

Thanks guys, the $ in front of the row & column designators did the trick.

Thanks again!

RE: Formula in Excel

Just a note:

When you finish pasting formulas containing absolute cell references (like those using $ signs), it's a good idea to remove them from the sheet using edit find/replace.  I have had some trouble in the past copying parts of Excel sheets that contained absolute references without realizing this, and it can be very troublesome to be referring to a part of a sheet, (or another file) by mistake.  

i.e. absolute references retain the full filename and excel tab to which they are pointing ...yikes.

my 2 cents...


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