In this article, we will learn Copying a Formula from a Cell While Keeping the Absolute Reference or Relative Reference.
Types of copy and paste methods in Excel ?
In Excel, when you use copy and Paste on any cell. You can do this in many different ways. Like you can just copy the value, formula, format, comments, validation or all at once. But there is one problem with absolute or relative references. When you copy and paste formulas with references, you need to be careful.
Copy and paste with references
Here we have a list of numbers and we need to sum 1 to all the numbers. So I used the formula as shown below.
Now what do think what happens when i copy the formula and paste to all the other cells.
As you can see it's not right, as the relative reference gets extended as well. Let's understand this with an example below.
All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we will find the sum of the corresponding values.
Use the formula
Here we need to fix the D3 cell when copying and pasting the formula along the D column and fix the C4 cell when copying and pasting the formula along the row.
As you can see the formula works fine when pasting formulas along the column. Now paste formula along the row to understand its feature.
As you can see, the formula works fine for both rows and columns. You can also copy (ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) to use the same feature.
Here are all the observational notes using the method in Excel
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