# How to keep certain values constant in a formula

#### swoodall

##### New Member
Here is my formula:

=C2&" "&D1&" "&D2&" "&E1&" "&E2&" "&F1&" "&F2&" "&A1&" "&A2

Of course when I drag and copy the formula down it increases the values of each cell by 1. I need cells D1, E1, F1 and A1 to stay the same as I copy the formula down and the remaining cells to increase by 1. Is this possible? If so, how. If not, what is an alternate method?

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#### MrKowz

##### Well-known Member
Make them absolute references by adding \$ signs:

=C2&" "&\$D\$1&" "&D2&" "&\$E\$1&" "&E2&" "&\$F\$1&" "&F2&" "&\$A\$1&" "&A2

#### swoodall

##### New Member
thank you so much.

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