Excel For Farmers: Absolute Cell Referencing

Nick Horob

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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Nick Horob

Nick Horob

Passionate about farm finances, software, and assets that produce cash flow (oil wells/farmland/rentals). U of MN grad.

Fargo, ND
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