Non-Volatile Dynamic Range is referencing entire sheet

mrblister

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I have a minor problem, and I was hoping someone may have a solution.

I have a range of data what intermittently expands (columns and/or rows).

To make sure my formulas are always working (when data is added), I use non-volatile dynamic range references. For example, for a formula in cell A6:
SUM($A$5:INDEX($1:$9999,$A$1,$B$1)) where A1=last row, B1= last column
I use the above formula instead of using Indirect (or other volatile formulas), which is volatile.

The above strategy works quite well. Except that the bolded part becomes an issue when tracking formula errors. For example, if I select ANY cell within the range $1:$9999, and I use the "Trace Dependents" feature, all those cells point to A6. I have many, many formulas using the dynamic reference strategy above, so "Trace Dependents" will send arrows to all those cells, making tracing nearly impossible.

I am looking for a way to non-volatile-ly dynamically reference ranges, AND I would like to Trace Dependents so I can track down formula issues. So can anyone recommend a way to alter my formula (the bolded part) so that I can Trace Dependents, OR can someone recommend another non-volatile dynamic reference strategy?
 

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