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Absolute Reference A

An Excel tutorial by Peter Kalmstrom

Excel 2016 iconIn many of the demos in the Excel 2016 from Scratch series, Peter Kalmstrom has talked about the benefits of using relative references.

However, sometimes you don't want the cell reference to change when you fill formulas into other cells, and in that case you should use an absolute reference instead. Absolute references can be created in two ways, and Peter shows both of them in the demo below.

As an example Peter uses a budget calculation, where the increase percentage of course should be the same for all posts. That means that the formulas must include an absolute reference to the cell which contains the increase figure.


If you want to try the exercise yourself, please download the Excel file Peter uses in the demo!


This is what Peter shows in the demo below:

  • What happens if you use only relative references in the formula that calculates the budget values.
  • How to create a formula with an absolute reference using dollar signs.
  • How to check that the formula works as it should.
  • How to give a name to a cell.
  • How to create a formula with an absolute reference using a cell name.
  • How to add a currency format to cells.
  • How to copy format to a single cell and to a range of cells.
Peter uses Excel 2016 for his demo, but the Excel basics are the same for earlier versions of Excel.

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