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How to control which values are incremented on drag down?

asked 2018-01-12 01:43:30 +0100

gunwald gravatar image

updated 2018-01-12 01:56:10 +0100

I have a complex formula in a cell with various references to other cells.


I want all cell in the same column to have the same formula with only one reference incremented. But if I select the field and drag down the little square all references are incremented. So the following fields would have the values:


But what I need is:


That means all matrix should not be incremented, the single reference to column C has to be incremented. How can I do this, where it is not possible to to it manually as too many rows are affected?

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Jim K gravatar imageJim K ( 2018-01-12 15:56:16 +0100 )edit

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answered 2018-01-12 04:50:02 +0100

robleyd gravatar image

Or you could use absolute references for the fixed ranges in your initial formula:


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+1 That's even less work... assuming the second range is also meant to be an absolute reference $Sheet1.$D$1:$D$100

librebel gravatar imagelibrebel ( 2018-01-12 15:27:05 +0100 )edit

answered 2018-01-12 02:29:21 +0100

librebel gravatar image

updated 2018-01-12 02:30:22 +0100

Hello @gunwald,

You could give a fixed Name to your two ranges $Sheet1.B1:B100 and $Sheet1.D2:D100, via the menu Sheet : Named Ranges and Expressions : Manage... ( CTRL+F3 ).

Suppose you named your ranges “Sheet1_B1_B100” and “Sheet1_D2_D100” respectively, then you could put the formula:


and drag the cell handle downwards so that only C is incremented.

HTH, lib

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