Stop new lines changing formula

MJLP

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I have this formula in a spreadsheet:

=COUNTIFS($B$7:$B$998, "*"&B$2&"*" etc...

My problem is, when people add new lines to the spreadsheet for new data, the formula automatically changes.

For example, if someone added a new line, and moved row 7 down, I would want the formula to still include this new line, but it automatically updates to:

=COUNTIFS(Incidents!$B$8:$B$999, "*"&B$2&"*"

Is there anyway to stop this from happening?

Thanks!
 

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MJLP

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Thanks for the reply.

I am having a little trouble as the reference is actually for a different sheet, the formula is:

=COUNTIFS(YTD!$B$7:$B$998,

Should I make it:


=COUNTIFS(INDIRECT("YTD!$B$7"):$B$998, etc</pre>
 

dafan

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No try:
Code:
=COUNTIFS(INDIRECT("YTD!$B$7"):YTD!$B$998, etc
 

MJLP

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Thanks for that - worked a treat!

What exactly does INDIRECT do?
 

dafan

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From the help file:
Returns the reference specified by a text string

In other words: "$B$7" will be seen as a text string by Excel and will therefore not be altered when you insert a new row above. It will be evaluated later by INDIRECT, which turns it into a range reference, completing $B$7:$B$998.
 

MJLP

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Great stuff - thank you very much for taking the time to help me out, it is very much appreciated!

I don't think I would ever have worked this out on my own!
 

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