Solved

Fill formulas with row changing not column numbers

Posted on 2013-05-24
8
384 Views
Last Modified: 2013-05-24
I have a formula that needs to be filled down.  I want the cell letter to increment and not the number.  I guess I want the row to increase while the column stays static.  

Original formula:  =SUM(C4, C12, C20)

I want to fill down for several rows:  =SUM(D4, D12, D20), =SUM(E4,E12,E20),  ETC...
0
Comment
Question by:bretthonn13
[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
8 Comments
 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:javaftper
ID: 39194753
This is called relative positioning.  In excel you have 4 options-

A1 - row and column increment
$A1 - row only increment
A$1 - column only increment - YOUR ONE
$A$1 - fixed/absolute

so you need-
=SUM(C$4,C$12, C$20)
0
 

Author Comment

by:bretthonn13
ID: 39194772
Yes, but when I include the '$' and do a fill down, it fills down the exact formula.  The letters do not increment.
0
 

Author Comment

by:bretthonn13
ID: 39194782
Original formula:  =SUM(C$4,C$12, C$20)

want several rows below it like this:

=SUM(D$4,D$12,D$20)
=SUM(E$4,E$12,E$20)
etc
0
Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

 
LVL 24

Accepted Solution

by:
Steve earned 500 total points
ID: 39194787
Something like:
=OFFSET($D$4,0,ROW()-1)+OFFSET($D$12,0,ROW()-1)+OFFSET($D$20,0,ROW()-1)

Will work if in Row 1 and copied down
Example.xlsx
0
 
LVL 81

Expert Comment

by:byundt
ID: 39195134
If you want an easy to read formula when you are done, try the following manual technique:

1. Put the following formula to the right of any data, then copy across as required:
=SUM(C$4, C$12, C$20)
2. Copy the cells containing that formula
3. Select the cell where the first formula needs to go
4. Paste Special using the Transpose option. You'll need to click the Paste Special... at bottom of the dialog to see the checkbox for Transpose at bottom right of next dialog.
0
 

Author Comment

by:bretthonn13
ID: 39195167
byundt - that way never seems to increment anything for me.  I've read that solution before but can't seem to get it to work.  I guess I would need to see some screenshots of that in action.
0
 
LVL 81

Expert Comment

by:byundt
ID: 39195210
Here it is in Excel 2013. The trick was the $ before the row numbers. It won't work if you don't do that.
Formula copied acrossPasteSpecial dialog with Transpose box checkedFormulas transposed with incrementing letters
0
 
LVL 43

Expert Comment

by:Saqib Husain, Syed
ID: 39195214
That formula works just fine and I never knew that it would work that way.

Good work Brad.
0

Featured Post

Salesforce Made Easy to Use

On-screen guidance at the moment of need enables you & your employees to focus on the core, you can now boost your adoption rates swiftly and simply with one easy tool.

Question has a verified solution.

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

This tutorial explains how to create a series of drop-down lists that are dependent upon prior selections to guide (“force”) the user to make the correct selection and reduce data errors within Microsoft Excel. Excel 2010 was used for this tutorial;…
This article describes how you can use Custom Document Properties to store settings and other information in your workbook so that they will be available the next time you open the workbook.
Graphs within dashboards are meant to be dynamic, representing data from a period of time that will change each time the dashboard is updated with new data. Rather than update each graph to point to a different set within a static set of data, t…
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate in Google Sheets how to use the HYPERLINK function to create live links inside your spreadsheet.

688 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