What is Absolute reference in Excel

In this article, we will learn how to create and use absolute reference in excel.

In simple words, Excel lets you freeze cell reference. When you copy and paste formulas in excel. Dynamic cell reference occurs.

Here you can see cell reference is created. Use the slide down feature to copy formulas. You have to copy the cell formula as text to paste

Note: Slide down feature in excel use the formula in the first cell and paste it up to the cells until you stop sliding down.

As you can see the formula copies corresponding values, not the same value.
Here we copy the formula and paste in the adjacent cell you will notice that cell reference changed.
As you can see the formulas in A1, A2 & A3 cell are changed. When paste the formula in adjacent ones.

Now we use absolute reference using the ($)dollar sign
You know what I did here. Just use the dollar sign in front of row name if you need to freeze the column or use the dollar sign in front of column name to freeze the row or use the dollar sign in front of both to freeze the cell reference.
Let’s learn this using it an example
Here we need to find totalPrice for all the products.
TotalPrice = Quantity * UnitPrice
Cell reference for quantity should be : $B2
Cell reference for UnitPrice should be : $F$2(For Carrot)

Use the formula for Carrot


Use the formula for each product as we are using absolute cell reference.
As you can see absolute cell reference can help with quick calculation.

Hope you understood How to create and use absolute cell reference in Excel 2016. Find more articles on Excel cell references here. Please share your query below in the comment box. We will assist you.

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