Thanks Chris. Can anyone answer the question?

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tmarc
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I would like to get information from one excel.xls to another excel.xls. I believe that the external formula/link will best serve my application. There is one hang-up. Linking a column, a row, or a rectangular region only links the upper right cell of the selected area.

The following example represents two “.xls” files, “source.xls” and “target.xls”

=[source.xls]Sheet1!$A$2:$C$5

On the target.xls, only the contains of A2 is linked

Source.xls

column A column B column C
a3.................b3..............c3
a4.................b4..............c4
a5.................b5..............c5



Target.xls

column A



???




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Chris Davison
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From: Millbank, London, UK
Posted: 2002-09-04 10:34
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Welcome to the Board,

you can adapt your method quite simply....

put your formula in your first cell. When it's entered, then highlight your entire destination range, hit F2 then hit control and enter, this should pop it into each cell in the destination range, with relative referencing applying despite the $$ anchoring


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Hope this helps,
Chris

[Excel '97; Windows ME]

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tmarc
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Thanks, Chris, XL-Denis, and Swamp Thing.

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tmarc
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Ok It works, however the range in the target.xls must be in the same rows and columns as the source.xls. For instance if the range in the source is =[source.xls]Sheet1!$A$2:$C$5, and the range in the target is down one row =A3:C6, then press “F2, Ctrl + Enter” this is what is displayed in the target.xls.

a3 b3 c3
a4 b4 c4
a5 b5 c5
#VALUE! #VALUE! #VALUE!

What’s up with that?

Thanks again.




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Chris Davison
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Posted: 2002-09-17 01:03
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Andrew Poulsom

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It's because you are using a (quasi) array formula - the source and target ranges must be the same.

In cell A3 of your Target enter:

=[source.xls]Sheet1!A2

Then copy down and across.

Incidentally, if you enter the formula by pointing at source.xls, pressing F4 cycles through the relative/absolute variations.
 

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