copy range with curly brackets

I am having problems trying to copy a range using the curly brackets.
One effort displayed the formula in text format.
I cannot seem to follow the website instructions and maybe someone can
walk me through it.
Many Thanks
Ian BellretiredAsked:
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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
Can you attach a sample workbook? What website are you referring to?
Ian BellretiredAuthor Commented:
Hi Martin,

I've attached a sample. The number of rows is dependent on data in column Y.
I don't recall what Excel link I looked at as it was several weeks ago.
If you could describe the procedure I would be very grateful.


PS.......... The max rows would be 1,000 so I suppose the formula could include A:A & Z:Z
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
You may realize this but what you have there is an "array formula". In any case I don't understand what it is that you want to do with that formula. Can you give me some more detail?
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Ian BellretiredAuthor Commented:
In simple terms I want to copy the formula in cell B2 down to row 1000
If it can be done without curly brackets I'd be happy.
The logic is to find min value of col Z within the series shown in col A
examples   A2:A20  = 1.88     A21:A23  1.75
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
I'm not an expert on writing formulas but if you can write the formula you want for row 2 (without curly brackets), then to make it an array formula you
  1. Select the formula
  2. Type Ctrl+Shift+Enter
  3. Copy Down

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Ian BellretiredAuthor Commented:
Type?  you mean press keys ctrl shift and enter ?
how to copy holding those keys down ?
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
Yes, press ctrl shift and enter. When you do the curly brackets will appear. Then just copy it and paste it to the desired range as you would with a "normal" formula.
Ian BellretiredAuthor Commented:
I typed the formula and then pressed those keys together but no curly brackets
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
Did you select the formula in the formula bar first?
Ian BellretiredAuthor Commented:
Copy and paste didn't work as got a can't change array error...... but was able to drag formula down
Ian BellretiredAuthor Commented:
Finally got there in the end
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
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Ian BellretiredAuthor Commented:
Thanks I'll take a look in the next day or so.
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