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Old May 30th 06, 03:45 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.misc
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I need to change the names of cells in an entire column. Instead of A1,
A2, A3... I want to have "hours1, hours2, hours3, hours4...

Is this possible? How?


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Old May 30th 06, 03:49 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.misc
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Type 'hours1' in A1, and 'hourse2' in A2. Then just drag it down. Excel
should automatically do the rest for you.

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Old May 30th 06, 04:04 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.misc
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Your solution works only if I wanted to change the data in the cells,
but it is the actual name of the cell I want to change. I don't want
the cell to be called "A1", I want to refer to it as "hours1". I need
to change all cell names in the column, not the actual data.

Purpose is to write my formulas using the new names, so other users can
read the formulas and make sense of them.

(a formula that says "=widgets2/hours2" makes more sense than "=A2/B2")


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Old May 30th 06, 04:34 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.misc
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I guess, depending on how many cells you're actually using, that you
could click on each cell you're using and rename it in the cell name
box in the top left hand corner.

If you've got a lot of cells though it's not really a viable solution.

SamuelT

PS - you wrote: a formula that says "=widgets2/hours2" makes more sense
than "=A2/B2". Not sure I agree with that


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In B1 enter hours1

In B2 enter hours2

Select B1:B2 and drag/copy down as far as you wish.

Select Column A and B.

InsertNameCreateLeft Column and OK

The names hours1, hours2 stc. have been assigned to A1, A2 etc.

You can now "Clear Contents" of column B.

DO NOT "Delete" column B, just "clear contents".


Gord Dibben MS Excel MVP

On Tue, 30 May 2006 09:45:14 -0500, shadestreet
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I need to change the names of cells in an entire column. Instead of A1,
A2, A3... I want to have "hours1, hours2, hours3, hours4...

Is this possible? How?




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Old May 30th 06, 06:40 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.misc
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Gord, that tip is very helpful...

But I can't seem to get it to work... I followed your instructions
step-by-step

Is there something you left out or maybe an obvious mistake I am
making?


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Never mind, I changed it to "right column" instead of "left column" and
it worked.

You mentioned that I should not delete column B, only clear the
contents. Just to test what happened I deleted it and everything seems
just fine, the names are still intact in column A. Is there some other
reason why you said not to delete column B?

Final question for anyone poking in this thread, Gord's tip is very
helpful, however, if I renamed the cells and then someone deletes a
row, Excel isn't smart enough to change the cell name reference. Is
there another method to achieve what I want where the cell names are
somehow updated?

Example, I rename A1, A2, and A3 "work1, work2, work3". If I delete
the 2nd row, the named cell "work3" is moved up to cell A2, and isn't
automatically renamed "work2", stays as work3.

Not too big of a problem, but would nice if this renaming could be
perfect.

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Old May 30th 06, 06:54 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.misc
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Well, I think I found the dealbreaker in my whole plan..

Apparently formulas that reference named cells do not automatically
update the reference if you drag the formulas down... stays fixed on
reference "work1" instead of "work2" when I drag the formula down one
notch.

Doubtful, but if there is a way around this final hurdle please let me
know.

Thanks


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You could probably use:

=indirect("work"&row())

HTH

"shadestreet" wrote:


Well, I think I found the dealbreaker in my whole plan..

Apparently formulas that reference named cells do not automatically
update the reference if you drag the formulas down... stays fixed on
reference "work1" instead of "work2" when I drag the formula down one
notch.

Doubtful, but if there is a way around this final hurdle please let me
know.

Thanks


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