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Chapter 3: Working with Names
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Working with Names
In This Chapter
An overview and the advantages of using names in Excel
The difference between workbook- and worksheet-level names
Working with the Name Manager dialog box
Shortcuts for creating cell and range names
How to create names that extend across multiple worksheets
How to perform common operations with range and cell names
How Excel maintains cell and range names
Potential problems that may crop up when you use names
The secret behind names, and examples of named constants and named formulas
Examples of advanced techniques that use names
Most intermediate and advanced Excel users are familiar with the concept of named cells or
ranges. Naming cells and ranges is an excellent practice and offers several important advantages.
As you’ll see in this chapter, Excel supports other types of names — and the power of this
concept may surprise you.
What’s in a Name?
You can think of a name as an identifier for something in a workbook. This “something” can
consist of a cell, a range, a chart, a shape, and so on. If you provide a name for a range, you can then
use that name in your formulas. For example, suppose your worksheet contains daily sales
information stored in the range B2:B200. Further, assume that cell C1 contains a sales commission
rate. The following formula returns the sum of the sales, multiplied by the commission rate:
=SUM(B2:B200)*C1
 
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