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    Find and Replace for formula

    Hi guys,

    I have a dataset with 150 rows and 50 columns. At the end of this I have a series of formula, like, SUM (B2:B160). In the same section I also have formula like (SUM(C2:C160))-1 and headers like 95% confidence interval.

    I am trying to use the find and replace function to apply the formulas only to specific rows I need. While I can do this for the large part, sometimes when I say find 1 and replace by 10, it ends up replacing the (SUM(C2:C160))-1 both these 1 (in red). Similiar to replace 5 with some other number, it replaces the 5 part of the 95% CI.

    My questions are as follows:

    1. Is there a way to enter some numbers in the formula which is hidden from the find function and cannot be replaced. For ex: (SUM(C2:C160))-1. IN this is there a way that the Find function doesnt look at the (-1).
    2. How can I ensure that the find function finds 1 and not 1 in the number 160.

    thanks in advance.
    Last edited by sripalkumar; 03-05-2010 at 03:10 PM.

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    Re: Find and Replace for formula

    Hello sripalkumar,

    may I ask why you use find and replace to change the formulas?

    What to you want the formulas to change to?

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    Re: Find and Replace for formula

    The spreadsheet has 160 rows of data. I do not want to use all of the 160 rows for all calculation. If I want to use the rows 25 to 50, I would want to change the function in SUM(B1:B160) to SUM(B25:B50). The SUM function is just an example but the actual formula is more complex.

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    Re: Find and Replace for formula

    Perhaps use two cells to define the included range? If the start row were in Z1 and the end row were in Z2, change your "sum" formula to this:

    =SUM(INDEX(B:B, $Z$1) : INDEX(B:B, $Z$2))

    This would cause the range to reorient anytime you changed the values in Z1 and Z2.

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    Re: Find and Replace for formula

    JBeaucaire--you are the best. Works like a charm and I dont even have to do find and replace. This would save me tons of time.
    thanks,

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