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CURLY BRACKETS


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

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


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

=MIN(IF(A1:A10,A1:A10))

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

{=MIN(IF(A1:A10,A1:A10))}

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

=VLOOKUP(A1,{"a",1;"b",2;"c",3},2,0)

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"