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Old 06-26-2012, 07:15 AM
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Say I have 2 columns a and b, as well as an Add column for example:

a b add
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4 2
3 4
1 2


For the Add formula I would type =A2+B2 into the first cell, then just drag this down so that all other rows have appropriate formulas =A3+B3, =A4+B4 ... etc.

What if I had a forth column, e.g. "Multiply by Price" where Price is stored in another cell, e.g. F3.


a b add Multiply by Price
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4 2 6
3 4 7
1 2 3


Price
--------
7.5




So in the first "Multiply by Price" cell I would type =F3*A3
I want to be able to drag this down so that the formulas change to =F3*A4, =F3*A5 .... etc where the F3 remains constant.

What do I do to the formula to do this?
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:31 AM
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Hi,

You can lock the column and row references by putting a $ sign in front of them.
This is called absolute referencing.


(a) This will lock the F and the 3 so they will not adjust if you fill either across or down.
=$F$3*A3

(b) This will lock the F so it will not adjust if you fill across. The 3 will still adjust when you fill down.
=$F3*A3

(c) This will lock the 3 so it will not adjust if you fill down. The F will still adjust when you fill across.
=F$3*A3


In this case you can use either (a) or (c) since it is the 3 you want to lock as you fill down.
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