Solved

copy excel formula with index value also changing

Posted on 2011-03-25
4
222 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hello, I'm looking to copy the below formula down a couple hundred rows.

=INDEX($C$2:$E$2,MATCH(SMALL($C2:$E2,1),$C2:$E2,0))

when I copy and paste , the index value does not change and I would like it to

results from copy
=INDEX($C$2:$E$2,MATCH(SMALL($C3:$E3,1),$C3:$E3,0))

what I would like to happen
=INDEX($C$3:$E$3,MATCH(SMALL($C3:$E3,1),$C3:$E3,0))

thanks,
shawn
0
Comment
Question by:smcelroy
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 81

Accepted Solution

by:
zorvek (Kevin Jones) earned 250 total points
ID: 35218694
Use:

=INDEX($C2:$E2,MATCH(SMALL($C2:$E2,1),$C2:$E2,0))

Kevin
0
 
LVL 29

Expert Comment

by:leonstryker
ID: 35218698
Remove the Dollar signs before copying.
0
 
LVL 81

Expert Comment

by:zorvek (Kevin Jones)
ID: 35218702
A relative reference means that the row or column reference is relative to the referencing cell and, when the formula is copied to other cells, the relative cell references are shifted such that the distance or offset between the referencing cell and the referenced cell remains the same. An absolute cell reference means that the row or column reference is fixed and does not change when the formula is copied to other cells.

With the A1 reference style a dollar sign is used to create an absolute reference. For example, the cell reference A$1, when copied to other cells, will always reference row 1 but the column may change if copied to another column. The cell reference $A$1 will allays reference cell A1 regardless of where it is copied.

Whether a row or column is an absolute or relative reference makes no difference in how the formula is calculated or the result it produces. They only have different effects when formulas are copied to other cells. For this reason, the decision as to whether cell references are absolute or relative should be made with regard to whether or not the formula will be copied to other cells. While entering each cell reference in a formula, consider how the referenced cell should be treated as the formula is copied to other rows and columns. If the referenced cell's row should be the same then make the row an absolute reference by placing a dollar sign in front of the row number. If the column should be the same then place a dollar sign in front of the column letter.

Note that relative references are not shifted when a formula is moved by either cutting and pasting or by dragging. Relative cell references are only adjusted when cells are copied.

Kevin
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:smcelroy
ID: 35218763
Hi Kevin, thank you for the formula and explanation.

you may be seeing me post again

thanks again,
Shawn
0

Featured Post

PeopleSoft Has Never Been Easier

PeopleSoft Adoption Made Smooth & Simple!

On-The-Job Training Is made Intuitive & Easy With WalkMe's On-Screen Guidance Tool.  Claim Your Free WalkMe Account Now

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Introduction This Article briefly covers methods of calculating the NPV and IRR variants in Excel as well as the limitations in calculating and interpreting IRR results. Paraphrasing Richard Shockley, author of my favourite finance reference tex…
How to quickly and accurately populate Word documents with Excel data, charts and images (including Automated Bookmark generation) David Miller (dlmille) Synopsis In this article you’ll learn how to use ExcelToWord! to copy data,charts, shapes …
This Micro Tutorial demonstrate the bugs in Microsoft Excel for Mac with Pivot Charts.
Many functions in Excel can make decisions. The most simple of these is the IF function: it returns a value depending on whether a condition you describe is true or false. Once you get the hang of using the IF function, you will find it easier to us…

751 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question