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QUESTION: Hi Tom,

I have a spreadsheet which has literally hundreds of absolute references, and my question is whether I can copy the existing absolute reference of a cell, then paste as text (WITHOUT THE '=' REFERENCE!) in another cell, and then use a simple qualifier to make a new value for the cell contents.

Here's what I have in two examples, and then the corresponding results I am looking for:

in cell X535:

The absolute reference: =$A$335

to cell Y535:

Copied as text reference: $A$335

New value in cell Z355:

=IF(Y535="","",Y535)

So, summarizing I'd like to be able to use the absolute reference without the equals sign in another cell for updating purposes.

is this feasible sir?

Thanks in anticipation

Pete

ANSWER: Pete,

If I understand the question and what you want to do, then

Z355: =IF(Y535="","",Indirect(Y535))

so if there is a cell address in Y535 ($A$355), then the above formula will display the value in A355

now if you are asking how to get the string $A$355 into cell Y535 from cell X535. Just copy and paste X535 into cell Y535. Then select at least two cells and do a replace

What =

Replace with <nothing>

(if it doesn't work, you probably have whole cell in the options. change that)

If you just select Y535, then the find and replace will work on the whole worksheet. Selecting at least two cells (one can be blank - they don't have to be contiguous) prevents this liberal interpretation.

If I haven't answered your question, just follow-up with where I have misunderstood.

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Regards,

Tom Ogilvy

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QUESTION: Hi Tom,

It's not getting me the desired result, and unless I can figure out a workaround, I may have 1104 manual adjustments to carry out!

All I want to do is change the current formula in a cell, and then incorporating the exact same modification through the 1103 other cells too! Some sort of global updating method !!

I am trying to lose the default zero that appears as a result in X535

I need the formula in Cell X535:

(=A355)

to be changed to

(=IF(A355="","",A355)

just so I can count the actual zeros from a 2-0 scoreline...

cheers

Pete

Pete,

Well, that isn't what you asked in your first question.

To alter the formula within a cell, then you would need a macro to do that.

I selected X535 which had the formula =A355 and ran the below macro and it changed the formula to

=IF(A355="","",A355)

You need to put this macro in a standard module. Then select the cells you want altered and run the macro. (You can select more than one cells - all the selected clels will be changed)

Sub FixFormula()

Dim cell As Range, s As String

For Each cell In Selection

If cell.HasFormula Then

s = cell.Formula

If Left(s, 1) = "=" Then

s = Mid(s, 2, 255)

cell.Formula = "=IF(" & s & "="""",""""," & s & ")"

End If

End If

Next

End Sub

Also, you should test this on a copy of your workbook until you are confident it works as it should. I have no way of knowing what your workbook looks like. Things like merged cells could be a problem as an example. If you do run it on your original workbook, you can always close without saving changes if you get into trouble.

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Regards,

Tom Ogilvy

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Comment | Tom, Sorry for the confusion - sometimes at the end of three of four hours of exasperation, the wording doesn't come out right eh? But - an excellent answer which now works perfectly, and saves me hours nay days of manual formatting. Sir, you are a true expert and I rate you 10+ everywhere accordingly. Tom, many thanks |

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