Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Working with Range and Cell Names
If the range consists of multiple rows and columns, use both the second and third arguments for
the INDEX function. For example, this formula returns the value in the fourth row and fifth
column of a range named DataRange:
=INDEX(DataRange,4,5)
Applying names to existing formulas
When you create a name for a cell or range, Excel does not scan your formulas automatically and
replace the cell references with your new name. You can, however, tell Excel to “apply” names to
a range of formulas.
Select the range that contains the formulas that you want to convert. Then choose Formulas
Defined Names
Apply Names. The Apply Names dialog box appears, as shown in
Figure 3-12. In the Apply Names dialog box, select which names you want applied to the
formulas. Only those names that you select will be applied to the formulas.
Define Name
Figure 3-12: The Apply Names dialog box.
To apply names to all the formulas in the worksheet, select a single cell before you
display the Apply Names dialog box.
The Ignore Relative/Absolute check box controls how Excel substitutes the range name for the
actual address. A cell or range name is usually defined as an absolute reference. If the Ignore
Relative/Absolute check box is selected, Excel applies the name only if the reference in the
formula matches exactly. In most cases, you will want to ignore the type of cell reference when
applying names.
If the Use Row and Column Names check box is selected, Excel takes advantage of the
intersection operator when applying names. Excel uses the names of row and column ranges that refer to
the cells if it cannot find the exact names for the cells. Excel uses the intersection operator to join
 
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