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1. ## absolute and relative table nomenclature

I am using EXCEL 2010. If I use table nomenclature in a formula and copy it into the columns to the right, the reference is relative and thus, changes as I copy to each column. Is there a way to make the table nomenclature reference absolute?

I am using the following formula (it works and I can live with it):

=INDEX(Demo11[Birthdate],MATCH(\$E7,Demo2011\$T\$3:\$T\$98,0))

However, I would like to use this formula if I could keep Demo11[student] absolute:

=INDEX(Demo11[Birthdate],MATCH(\$E7,Demo11[Student],0))

Thank you

2. ## Re: absolute and relative table nomenclature

Originally Posted by BanMeThuot
I am using EXCEL 2010. If I use table nomenclature in a formula and copy it into the columns to the right, the reference is relative and thus, changes as I copy to each column. Is there a way to make the table nomenclature reference absolute?

I am using the following formula (it works and I can live with it):

=INDEX(Demo11[Birthdate],MATCH(\$E7,Demo2011\$T\$3:\$T\$98,0))

However, I would like to use this formula if I could keep Demo11[student] absolute:

=INDEX(Demo11[Birthdate],MATCH(\$E7,Demo11[Student],0))

Thank you
I hate structured referencing and this is one of the resaons why!

Try this:

=INDEX(Demo11[Birthdate],MATCH(\$E7,INDIRECT("Demo11[Student]"),0))

3. ## Re: absolute and relative table nomenclature

Thank you, sir!

It works beautifully!

BMT

4. ## Re: absolute and relative table nomenclature

Originally Posted by BanMeThuot
Thank you, sir!

It works beautifully!

BMT
You're welcome. Thanks for the feedback!

5. ## Re: absolute and relative table nomenclature

Originally Posted by BanMeThuot
I am using EXCEL 2010. If I use table nomenclature in a formula and copy it into the columns to the right, the reference is relative and thus, changes as I copy to each column.
The above is not entirely accurate.

Table references are Relative when formulas are dragged (e.g. Fill Handle is used)
Table references are Absolute when literally Copied (Ctrl + C etc)

I suspect the above does not resolve your issue as you wish to mix the two (?), however, I thought I would add for sake of reference.

6. ## Re: absolute and relative table nomenclature

DonkeyOte,

Thank you! I did, indeed, drag my formula to the right using the full handle. Thus, the Table Reference was Relative.

As an EXCEL newbie I am struggling to learn the correct terminology. Thank you!

BMT

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