Autofill Absolute References without VBA?

yevlar

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Is there a way to autofill a sereis of Absolute references without using VBA/Macros? My specific problem is I have two worksheets in a workbook. The Column A of Sheet 1 is a list that refers to values in Column A of Sheet 2. However, Sheet 2 must have empty rows deleted without throwing a REF error into Sheet1.

So, the way I have it now is in Sheet1 A1: =IF(Sheet2!$A$1="","",Sheet2!$A$1), which works for cell A1. However, I need A2 to be =IF(Sheet2!$A$2="","",Sheet2!$A$2) and so-on down Column A several hundred times. Is there a way to autofill this formula all the way down Sheet 1 Column A WITHOUT using VBA? (I cannot use VBA because the IT department demands that macros be disabled on ALL machines.)
 

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erik.van.geit

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Hi,

relative or absolute references or BOTH gettin REF when deleting rows
perhaps you mean that the cells must always point to the same rows, regardless what happens on the other sheet

try a formula using
=INDIRECT("sheet2!A" & ROW())

kind regards,
Erik
 

erik.van.geit

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rereading this ..
when you change sheetname, you'll get into trouble

using this would then be a better solution :)
  A      
1 sheet2 
2 itemA2 
3 itemA3 
4 itemA4 

sheet1

[Table-It] version 06 by Erik Van Geit
Code:
RANGE FORMULA (1st cell)
A1    =RIGHT(CELL("filename",sheet2!A2),LEN(CELL("filename",sheet2!A2))-FIND("]",CELL("filename",sheet2!A2)))
A2:A4 =INDIRECT("'" & $A$1&"'!A"&ROW())

[Table-It] version 06 by Erik Van Geit
 

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