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Posted by Mike Golding on February 15, 2002 12:56 AM

Any help with:- Why the curly brackets {} around a formula?

Posted by Aladin Akyurek on February 15, 2002 1:32 AM

Those brackets show up when you enter a formula by hitting CONTROL+SHIFT+ENTER at the same time, instead of just enter as in


which, when entered by hitting CONTROL+SHIFT+ENTER at the same time, will appear on the Formula Bar as


The only time you enter these curly brackets yourself is when you feed some function a constant array as argument as in


where {"a",1;"b",2;"c",3} represent a 2-column table.

Curly brackets are thus associated with the so-called array formulas and constant arrays.

Posted by Mark W. on February 15, 2002 7:43 AM

Semantics... they're called braces...

See the Excel help topic for...

"Values that do not change in array formulas"