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Hi Aiden,

I hope you can help me with a puzzle?

I would like to be able to redirect the dependent links of a cell onto another cell.

Let me illustrate the point. Say I have two cells, G15 and G10. Both of these have a number of dependent cells using them as inputs. At this point I want the output of G15 and G10 to be the same (driven by G10) so I set G15 '=G10'. Is there a way of removing this duplication and pointing all the dependent relationships of G15 onto G10 (while not overwriting G10's dependent relationships).

I hope the question makes sense! Let me know if it needs clarifying.

Thank you very much,

Yes, but you'd need to be careful (as long as I've understood the question, which I take to be if a cell references G15 it should NOW reference G10.  Simply do a search and replace, replacing G15 with G10 - as long as your sheet is set out as you've outlined it, you SHOULD be fine to do a replace all.  by default, Excel will look in the formulas, so this will give you what you want.   Having done it, look out quickly for any unexpected errors, and if necessary undo previous action and redo - perhaps one replace at a time.
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Aidan Heritage


I have provided first hand support since `95 for Microsoft Office majoring in Word and Excel - support for all versions from 2 onwards. I'm based in the UK, so please allow for time differences when asking me questions from other parts of the world!


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