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    Copy / Paste without cell references changing.

    Hi. Folks,

    I have many cells containing formulas and wish to copy these into other cells.

    They all contain many cell references but don't have absolute references (I think thats what they're called, please correct me if this is wrong!) - e.g. A1, A2, A3, NOT $A$1, $A$2, $A$3 etc. I know that I can add the $ symbol to all the cells, but I am trying to save a lot of tedious work.

    Is there a way of identically copying these formulas into other cells without the cell references altering. I cannot simply have another cell referencing these as the old cells will need altering eventually.

    I have tried Paste Special with no luck. I am hoping there is a Shift/Enter or Alt/Enter or some similar option available.


    Your help is and always has been very much appreciated.
    Looking forward to your answer in anticipaion.
    Big Rick.
    Last edited by Big Rick; 05-08-2012 at 01:07 PM.

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    Re: Copy / Paste without cell references changing.

    I am a little confused here. Your title says you dont want cell references changing. But your post says you want them to change. So which is it?
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    Re: Copy / Paste without cell references changing.

    You can do a Find/Replace on the range holding the formulae. Find = (the equals sign) and Replace with xx.
    Copy the range of formulae and paste them in new location.
    Do Find/Replace on both ranges: Find xx and Replace =

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    Re: Copy / Paste without cell references changing.

    Hi. Arlu: Sorry, that was typo. I have corrected the post.

    Hi. Cutter: Any chance of explaining in a step by step idiot's language.

    Loooking forward to your further help.
    Big Rick

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    Re: Copy / Paste without cell references changing.

    There is no built in way. Here's what Cutter was referring to.
    Select the area/range you want to copy
    Do a REPLACE (CNTRL +H)
    Find =
    Replace with xx
    Replace All
    Then copy and paste the cells whereever you wish
    Next, in both the new and old ranges
    "Replace
    Find xx
    replace with =
    Replace All"
    Does that help?
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    Re: Copy / Paste without cell references changing.

    Hi. Cutter & Chemist.

    Your combined help has helped me greatly.
    Whilst I am using Excel2003, is there no built in function available on the latest versions?? Bit amazed if not.

    Best regards,
    Big Rick

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    Re: Copy / Paste without cell references changing.

    @ChemistB
    Thanks for answering while I was away.

    @Big Rick
    You're welcome. Thanks for the 'star tap'. As for a built in function - this scenario doesn't happen often enough to warrant one. If you were doing just a few formulas you could easily copy them individually from the formula bar and paste them in the new location as another way of accomplishing this.

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