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Problem with Offset, Row and Column combo

Posted on 2014-02-28
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Folks,
In the attached workbook I am using a combination of Offset, Row and Column to filter out every other row.
It works fine until I try to duplicate the formula to the Practice section of the worksheet.
I simply don't see why it is not working in the practice section.
FilterEveryOtherRow.xlsx
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Question by:Frank Freese
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you corrected the anchor point (A3 moves to I3) but not the column offset - the position is relative to the anchor point so I has to become the new A by deducting the first 8 columns:-

=OFFSET($I$3,(ROW()-2)*(COLUMN()-8),0)
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by:Frank Freese
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With your change I now fill J3:L3 but only that range?
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Saqib Husain, Syed earned 300 total points
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=OFFSET($A$3,(ROW()-ROW($A$3)+1)*(COLUMN()-COLUMN($A$3)+1),0)

You will have to change all three instances of $A$3
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by:Frank Freese
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Saqib,
When I select B2:D8 and enter the following formula
 =OFFSET($A$2,(ROW()-2)*COLUMN(),0) and the press <Ctrl+Enter> it works

My problem lies in the second section, name Practice. I select cells J2:L8 and enter the following formula
=OFFSET($I$2,(ROW()-2)*COLUMN()-8,0) and then press <Ctrl+Enter> only J2:L2 are filled

Maybe I can only do this once is a worksheet?
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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Did you try my formula?
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by:Frank Freese
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I entered your formula but had to change $A$3 to $I$3 for the second section (range J3:L9), but it worked. It really doesn't make sense to me because in the first range of B3:D9 this worked for me:
Select cells B3:B9 and then entered the following formula:
 =OFFSET($A$2,(ROW()-2)*COLUMN(),0) and the press <Ctrl+Enter>
The formula offered by: regmigrant
=OFFSET($I$3,(ROW()-2)*(COLUMN()-8),0)  worked but only on J3:L3?
Why? I just don't know.
Allow me to split the points 200/300.
Thank you very much
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by:Frank Freese
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thank you both...
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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Select the formula cell and go to

Formulas > Evaluate formula

and step through the formula and you will see why a formula works or otherwise.
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by:Frank Freese
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good tip...and thank you
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by:regmigrant
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interesting result and glad you got your answer but my original post worked fine - see attached
Copy-of-FilterEveryOtherRow.xlsx
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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Reg, that does not work if you create another table further ahead.
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by:regmigrant
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Ok, I missed that requirement in the question and it explains why your formula has the extra column() - to correct the offset as the table moves right, thanks!
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by:Frank Freese
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Saqib,
I did have a slight problem with your code though. It worked ok on the first three items but later it returned the formula. Just an FYI
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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The range is probably formatted as text. Change it to general format.
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thanks
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