Excel - Copy string letter by letter

This formula works for the first word A2, but when I copy the line, it still stays on A2.  I want it to always work for the word on its left.
       
        A              B     C      D     E      F      G     H
1                           1      2      3      4      5      6      7                         Formula for A2
2   word1           w      o      r      d      1                                   =MID($A$2,$B$1,1)    then =MID($A$2,$C$1,1)
3  word100         w      o      r      d      1      1      1            
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Bill PrewCommented:
Change the formula in A2 to below, and copy as needed.

=MID($A2,B$1,1)
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Fabrice LambertFabrice LambertCommented:
Hi,

Remove the "$" signs surounding "A2"in your formula.
It indicate that cells address are absolute, but you need relative address
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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
As mentioned by Fabrice, you need to look at the difference between Absolute and Relative cell references.

In total there are 4 types of cell reference:

A1    - Totally relative. When copied the reference to column and row will both adjust.
$A1  - Absolute column, relative row. When copied the reference to the column will stay the same but reference to the row will adjust.
A$1  - Relative column, Absolute row. When copied the reference to the column will adjust but reference to the row will stay the same.
$A$1 - Absolute reference. When copied neither of the references will adjust.

Thanks
Rob
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GarySBAuthor Commented:
Hi Bill, That formula worked perfect and the explanation by Rob was good to know for any future adjustments, Thank You.
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Bill PrewCommented:
Great, glad we were able to help.


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