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don't reside anywhere tangible. They do appear in the Paste Names dialog box and in
the Formula AutoComplete drop-down list, however, which does make sense because
you'll use these names in formulas.
As you might expect, you can change the value of the constant at any time by accessing the Name Manager dia-
log box and changing the formula in the Refers To field. When you close the dialog box, Excel uses the new
value to recalculate the formulas that use this name.
Although this technique is useful in many situations, changing the value takes some time. Having a constant
located in a cell makes it much easier to modify.
Using worksheet functions in named formulas
Figure 3-19 shows another example of a named formula. In this case, the formula is named ThisMonth, and the
actual formula is this:
=MONTH(TODAY())
Figure 3-19: Defining a named formula that uses worksheet functions.
The formula in Figure 3-19 uses two worksheet functions. The TODAY function returns the current date, and
the MONTH function returns the month number of its date argument. Therefore, you can enter a formula such
as the following into a cell and it will return the number of the current month. For example, if the current month
is April, the formula returns 4.
=ThisMonth
A more useful named formula would return the actual month name as text. To do so, create a formula named
MonthName, defined as follows:
=TEXT(TODAY(),”mmmm”)
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