# How to always Reference Cell even if deleted?

#### My Aswer Is This

##### Well-known Member
How can I always reference Cell(1,1) even if that cell is deleted?
For example I want cell(1,2) to always show what is in cell(1,1) if I delete cell(1,1) I still want cell(1,2) to show what's in cell(1,1). There will always be a cell(1,1) even if you delete the cell another cell takes it place.

I have tried defining cell(1,1) but if I then delete cell (1,1) I get a # Ref in cell(1,2).

This is just a example I may want cell(20,13) to refer to cell(1,1) so I cannot use a offset function.

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#### James006

##### Well-known Member
Hi,

My Answer would be ... Indirect()

#### James006

##### MrExcel MVP
Non-volatile:

=INDEX(A:A,1)

Add the sheet prefix if necessary.

#### My Aswer Is This

##### Well-known Member
Thank you for your help Aladin. I was having a brain freeze. I also discovered =OFFSET(B1,,-1) would work also.
Non-volatile:

=INDEX(A:A,1)

Add the sheet prefix if necessary.

##### MrExcel MVP
Thank you for your help Aladin. I was having a brain freeze. I also discovered =OFFSET(B1,,-1) would work also.

INDIREC("A1") survives any deletion.

INDEX(A:A,1) cannot survive deletion of column A.

OFFSET(B1,,-1) does not survive column deletion or row deletion.

Both INDIRECT and OFFSET are volatile.

#### My Aswer Is This

##### Well-known Member
INDIREC("A1") survives any deletion.

INDEX(A:A,1) cannot survive deletion of column A.

OFFSET(B1,,-1) does not survive column deletion or row deletion.

Both INDIRECT and OFFSET are volatile.

#### James006

##### Well-known Member
Thanks Aladin for the clarification ...

#### mikerickson

##### MrExcel MVP
=INDEX(Sheet1!1:1048576,1,1)

It will survive cell, row and column deletion and insertion.

Although its precedent range is all of sheet1, it is not volatile. It will not recalculate if a cell off Sheet1 is changed, as INDIRECT would.

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