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    Relative References within a Formula?

    Hi all! This is my first post. However I have been a lurker of your site for some time now and I have never been disappointed. That is why I present to you my first inquiry:

    The simplified version-- I wish to create a formula in Worksheet B that populates both from data in cells in Worksheet A and if I were to say, paste.
    The problem is that I want the ability be able to paste in data to the receiving cell and not adjust the formula. For example

    WS A:
    X
    P
    L
    X
    WS B:
    =WS A!A1 (X)
    =WS A!A2 (P)
    Y
    Y
    K
    =WS A!A3 (L)
    =WS A!A4 (X)
    G
    T
    So the formula would have to be smart enough to read the entered cells in worksheet A and if data is entered in worksheet B, not bugger up the rest of the worksheet. I feel like this is very possible and probably easy but I have not been successful with searching for a solution. Any assistance is appreciated. I would like to avoid creating a macro and stick to a simple formula.

    I created a forumla that does not work. It reads the last cell only and makes all of the data mimic that =INDEX(Sheet1!A1:A100,MATCH(REPT("z",255),Sheet1!A1:A100))

    Thank you in advance!

    -Ryan

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    Re: Relative References within a Formula?

    hey welcome to this forum...!

    if possible please upload the excel sheet containing the data....will help us to solve your problem in much better way...!

    Thanks...!
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    Re: Relative References within a Formula?

    Hi and welcome to the forum

    The problem is that I want the ability be able to paste in data to the receiving cell and not adjust the formula.
    does this mean that in the same cell, you want to have a formula AND want the ability to replace that formula with data?
    Because if thats what you want, there is no regular formula that will give you that capability. A cell can contain either data/values/text OR a formula. it cannot contain both
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    Re: Relative References within a Formula?

    if you paste in using insert copied cells/move cells down the formulas would move correctly
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    Re: Relative References within a Formula?

    I think I need to go back to the drawing board and look at the whole process for this data entry again. Thank you for your help though. If I stick with the same spreadsheet I will continue to use insert copied cells/move cells down. I appreciate all of the advice.

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