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Dragging formula in Excel

Posted on 2015-02-20
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Hi guys, I need to create a formula that will allow me to drag down and change the #s in the cell but not the word. Please see example attached.
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by:Saurabh Singh Teotia
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Assuming you type the numbers from cell a1 then you can use this formula in B2

=A1 &"-vmtemp"

Also if you want to create a random number then you can you can use..

=Rand()&"-vmtemp"

You can also use row number as your reference point which is:-

=ROW()&"-vmtemp"

Saurabh..
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by:vmagan
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=A1 &"-vmtemp" didn't work. It didnt even recognize the cell as a formula.
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by:Saurabh Singh Teotia
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Right click on that cell-->Format cell--> and change the formatting to general from text and then reapply the same formula...

Saurabh
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by:vmagan
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Here is the output of that. attached.
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by:Saurabh Singh Teotia
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Yeah that looked fine to me..Did you change the formatting of the cell to general like i told u...alternatively ctrl+1 as well to change the format for the cell as well..

If you are still not able to do so..can you post your workbook so that i can help you with the same..

Saurabh...
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by:vmagan
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I changed the format to General but I need it to show like this:


964-vmtemp
965-vmtemp
966-vmtemp

etc
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Saurabh Singh Teotia earned 500 total points
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yeah if you drag the formula it will get update...with whatever you write in the cell from where you are linking...

Enclosed is the file for your reference...

Saurabh...
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by:Qlemo
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There is no formula able to do that just by dragging. However, you can extract the prior value and add one. This can be used in A2 and below.
=INT(LEFT(A1, FIND("-", A1)-1))+1 & "-vmtemp"

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by:vmagan
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got ya. But I only want to be able to right the 1st cell in A1. Then drag down all the way for like 300 cells. I only want to right 964-vmtemp once then drag that down and have the #s change
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by:Qlemo
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We could also use the row number, add an offset, and build a number that way ...
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by:Saurabh Singh Teotia
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I Thought so...check the solution in E Column..it exactly does that...

Saurabh...
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by:vmagan
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trying this now.
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by:vmagan
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The original formula you gave me worked. I created another row and added the #s there than hid the row and applied the formula =A1&"-vmtemp" and dragged it down.

thanks!
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