Excel For Farmers: Absolute Cell Referencing
One of the features that makes spreadsheets so powerful is absolute cell referencing.
Absolute cell referencing allows users to keep a row and/or column constant when copying formulas or data from one cell to another. An absolute reference is designated in a formula by the addition of a dollar sign. The dollar sign may precede the column that is referenced, the row referenced, or both. See below for examples of the different levels of referencing.
- $A$1: The column and the row do not change when copied
- A$1: The row does not change when copied
- $A1: The column does not change when copied
When using a Windows-based computer, use F4 as a keyboard shortcut to cycle through the different levels.
When using a Mac computer, ⌘ + T is the keyboard shortcut.
Check out the short video below for more information on absolute cell referencing.
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