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Is there a way to make a static variable in a division formula in Excel 2007

Posted on 2011-02-10
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I am trying divide multiple cell by the same cell, but when I go to drag down my autofill box, it changes the 2nd value (which I want to remain static).

For example, I want
=B1/C33
=B2/C33
=B3/C33
...all the way to B30

When I copy the first two cell and try to drag it down (so it populates the rest), it changes the C33 value as well. Is there a way to make it so it stays static?

2nd part of the question is when I do a sort, it changes the C33 part again, thus messing up the division again. So if there is a way to have it stay static (I would want the first variable to change becuase it would be on a new line once sorted)?
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just change the C33 on your formula to $C$33

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by:nutsch
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You can use absolute addressing instead of relative addressing

if you copy C33, column and row info will shift, by putting $ signs in front of column, row or both, you fix that dimension.

In your case, you would use
=b1/$C$33

and could copy it wherever you want. The B1 part would shift, but C33 is fixed by the $ signs.

Thomas
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Using the $ simbol will fix the coordinate of the row or the column.

Example:

C$33 - will fix the row number, no matter where you copy the formula, it will mantain the reference to row 33
$C33 - will fix the column letter.
$C$33 - will fix the row number and column letter

jppinto
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That is EXACTLY what I was needing. Thanks!
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