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I have an excel workbook that has 2 worksheets in it. one is a summary report, the other is a data page. the summary report uses the data on the data sheet to show numbers. the numbers are derived from formulas in the cells. I noticed on the data sheet that there was a blank colu,n between month and year so I tried to highlight it only to find that the year colu,n was merged with this blank column. I seperated the two columns then highlighted the blank one and chose deleter and to shift the cell to the left. once I did that and went back to my summary sheet all of my 250 formulas were showing #REF! and looking at them where there once was a rang of :
Business Objects_Data'!F1767:F1826
it now shows:
Business Objects_Data'!#REF!
I can do a ctrlZ and put them back the way they were but is there a way for me to removed the merged column without breaking the reference to the data?
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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Can you upload an excel file with a few rows of data which shows how the formulas are working? You may use fake data.
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ok it would be very difficult to post an example so let me explain. I have a year column that is E and F should be the month and all of my formulas reference F as the month for for instance in the formula above I am looking in the range of 1767 to 1826 in column F but I just noticed the column F is not the month column becuase column F is merged with column E which is the year so it will never find a number 1 in column F. so I seperated clumn E and F then highlighted the newly blan column F and hit delete and said to shift cell t the left which then makes column F the month like it should be but then in all my formulas where previously F was referenced it is now #REF!.
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Instead of deleting a the cells, can you copy and paste them over.  Then delete the other cells without shifting?
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by:jlcannon
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perfect. I guess I was over thinking.
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