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101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks and Timesavers

By : John Walkenbach
Book Image

101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks and Timesavers

By: John Walkenbach

Overview of this book

Excel is a popular program. Millions of people throughout the world use it on a regular basis. But it’s a safe bet that the vast majority of users have yet to discover some of the amazing things this product can do. 101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks, & Timesavers?is packed with information that you need to know in order to confidently and seamlessly master the challenges that come with using Excel! Excel 2013 is excellent, but there's lots to learn to truly excel at Excel! In this latest addition to his popular Mr. Spreadsheet's Bookshelf series, John Walkenbach, aka "Mr. Spreadsheet," shares new and exciting ways to accomplish and master all of your spreadsheet tasks. From taming the Ribbon bar to testing and tables, creating custom functions, and overcoming "impossible" charts, mixing nesting limits, and more,?101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks, & Timesavers?will save you time and help you avoid common spreadsheet stumbling blocks.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)
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Cover
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Table of Contents
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Title Page
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Introduction

Tip 46: Making an Exact Copy of a Range of Formulas

When you copy a cell that contains a formula, Excel adjusts all the relative cell references. Assume that cell D1 contains this formula:

=A1*B1

When you copy this cell, the two cell references are changed relative to the destination. If you copy D1 to D12, for example, the copied formula is

=A12*B12

Sometimes, you may prefer to make an exact copy of a formula. One way is to convert all the cell references to absolute references (for example, change =A1*B1 to =$A$1*$B$1). Another way is to (temporarily) remove the equal sign from the formula, which converts the formula to text. Then you can copy the cell and manually insert the equal sign into the original formula and the copied formula.

What if you have a large range of formulas and you want to make an exact copy of those formulas? Editing each formula is tedious and error-prone. Here’s a way to accomplish the task. It uses Windows Notepad, but...