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    Is there a limit to defined names?

    Hi, I am preparing a graph and need to define names (insert - names - define) in exel 2003. I hold down ctl and go B5-B11, C5-C11 etc. I need to get to column AA but it won't let me go further than col N. Is there a way around this? I have attached the spreadsheet. thanks.
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    Re: Is there a limit to defined names?

    i use 2007 and it worked ok for me. but maybe you could try to google it, if no1 else here can answer your question?
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    Re: Is there a limit to defined names?

    Hi FDibbins, I did a bit of a google search before posting but didn't come up with anything - maybe I used the wrong terms. I'll wait a bit longer and then try googling again. thanks.

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    Re: Is there a limit to defined names?

    Hi,

    Why are you separately referencing every column in the definition?

    Just define the name as being Sheet1!A5:AA11
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    Re: Is there a limit to defined names?

    that formula is 250 chars long i think the limit 255
    i just googled this http://www.thenakedpc.com/articles/v02/07/0207-04.html
    One potential annoyance: the Refers to text box suffers from a limit of 255 characters so if you have a very complex set of range coordinates you might exceed this limit. Excel just truncates your reference without warning, so beware!
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    Re: Is there a limit to defined names?

    Quote Originally Posted by martindwilson View Post
    that formula is 250 chars long i think the limit 255
    i just googled this http://www.thenakedpc.com/articles/v02/07/0207-04.html
    Thank you both. Richard I'm simply following the instructions from http://www.thenakedpc.com/articles/v02/07/0207-04.html
    They make a point of doing it this way. This worked well on another smaller set of data and so I wanted to use it on for this too.

    Thanks for the link Martin, I'll try renaming my sheet and taking out the absolute references to see if that reduces the number of characters enough.

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    Re: Is there a limit to defined names?

    Hello tier.
    just an idea..

    if ever you could "shorten" the sheet names because this is also being used by the name range.. the we exceed the limit.

    or maybe

    divide the ranges

    say
    rangeA
    ==Sheet1!$B$5:$B$11,Sheet1!$C$5:$C$11,Sheet1!$D$5:$D$11...........

    rangeB
    =Sheet1!$E$5:$E$11,Sheet1!$F$5:$F$11,Sheet1!$G$5:$G$11,S..........

    rangeAB
    =(RangeA,RangeB)
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    Re: Is there a limit to defined names?

    Quote Originally Posted by vlady View Post
    Hello tier.
    just an idea..

    if ever you could "shorten" the sheet names because this is also being used by the name range.. the we exceed the limit.

    or maybe

    divide the ranges

    say
    rangeA
    ==Sheet1!$B$5:$B$11,Sheet1!$C$5:$C$11,Sheet1!$D$5:$D$11...........

    rangeB
    =Sheet1!$E$5:$E$11,Sheet1!$F$5:$F$11,Sheet1!$G$5:$G$11,S..........

    rangeAB
    =(RangeA,RangeB)
    Thanks vlady, i'll try those options as soon as I get some time later this afternoon.

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    Re: Is there a limit to defined names?

    Hi vlady, I haven't had any success with your suggestions so far. when I separate the ranges into smaller ones my chart gets very muddled. Since I need this done today I will make two graphs instead of one. Then in my own time I will play around with your ideas. Thanks for your help.

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