Ampersands Appearing in Formulas


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I have recently been experiencing something I have not seen in my fifteen years of working with Excel: @ signs are appearing in my workbooks formulas directly after the = sign. For example:


Why are ampersands being inserted into my formulas?


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Hi there. The @ is new notation in Excel 2010 and onwards replacing [#This Row] from Excel 2007. It is used to shorten formulas inside named tables referencing cells in the same row. It is also (I think) a compatibility option with lotus 123.

PS Its an 'at symbol' not ampersand(&).
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MrExcel MVP, Moderator
When the @ symbol appears before a function, it's because the function uses implicit intersection, and this doesn't fit with the new dynamic array formulas (@ is actually a replacement for the briefly introduced SINGLE function).


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Weird. I have been using this version of Excel for a few months now but only in the last two or three weeks did these @ symbols start appearing. Why is that?


MrExcel MVP, Moderator
It's new functionality and it gets rolled out gradually, depending on what update channel you're on.

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