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Fill formulas with row changing not column numbers

Posted on 2013-05-24
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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...
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Question by:bretthonn13
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by:javaftper
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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$20)
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by:bretthonn13
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Yes, but when I include the '$' and do a fill down, it fills down the exact formula.  The letters do not increment.
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by:bretthonn13
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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$20)
etc
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Steve earned 500 total points
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Something like:
=OFFSET($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
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by:byundt
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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.
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by:bretthonn13
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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.
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by:byundt
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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
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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That formula works just fine and I never knew that it would work that way.

Good work Brad.
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