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Getting a cell reference to move laterally instead of vertically?

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    Melonhead
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    Getting a cell reference to move laterally instead of vertically?

    I have data that is sorted in columns, but the data I want to graph is a
    cross section of this data and therefore it comes from one row across several
    columns. I'm trying sort my graph/equation data in a column, however. Is
    there a way to get the equation cell references to move across a row even
    while the cell is descending a column?

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    Ken Wright
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    Re: Getting a cell reference to move laterally instead of vertically?

    You can do it on a range using the TRANSPOSE function (array entered), or
    you may want to take a look at the OFFSET function, which takes a row and
    column argument. Use the ROW() function to generate the column argument and
    you will be able to copy the formula down a column and have the references
    go across a row, eg:-

    Assuming your data was in E4:L4 and you wanted your formula to start in say
    A6 and then copy downwards.

    In A6 use =OFFSET($E$4,0,ROW()-6) and copy down. Note the ROW()-6 bit.
    When you are in row 6 the ROW() bit gives you 6, whilst the -6 bit turns it
    into 6-6=0. Therefore the first column offset argument is 0. When you move
    to row 7 the ROW() bit gives you 7, whilst the -6 bit turns it into 7-6=1,
    so the column argument is 1 etc

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    Ken....................... Microsoft MVP - Excel
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    "Melonhead" <Melonhead@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:EDAE665E-E034-4359-BFA5-FAF52F4F237A@microsoft.com...
    >I have data that is sorted in columns, but the data I want to graph is a
    > cross section of this data and therefore it comes from one row across
    > several
    > columns. I'm trying sort my graph/equation data in a column, however. Is
    > there a way to get the equation cell references to move across a row even
    > while the cell is descending a column?




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