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Hi all!

I have a quite annoying problem with my Excel.

The argument separator in the formulas, is equal to the list separator, which I think it should be.

However, when I want to choose several areas with input data for the formula (array), Excel automatically uses the same separator symbol. Hence, when I choose several input areas, Excel interprets these as different arguments in the formula, which basically screws everything up!

To give an example:
=large(F3:G18;J3:K15;2)

And yes, I have tried to manually change the symbol between the two input lists, and this does not provide any satisfactory result.

So basically, how can I change the setting to get one symbol separating several data input lists, and another symbol separating the arguments list?

Thanks for whatever help you can provide! :)
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Hi all!

I have a quite annoying problem with my Excel.

The argument separator in the formulas, is equal to the list separator, which I think it should be.

However, when I want to choose several areas with input data for the formula (array), Excel automatically uses the same separator symbol. Hence, when I choose several input areas, Excel interprets these as different arguments in the formula, which basically screws everything up!

To give an example:
=large(F3:G18;J3:K15;2)

And yes, I have tried to manually change the symbol between the two input lists, and this does not provide any satisfactory result.

So basically, how can I change the setting to get one symbol separating several data input lists, and another symbol separating the arguments list?

Thanks for whatever help you can provide! :)
This is possibly something to do with your Windows regional settings rather than your Excel settings.

Have a look at this thread and see if it's of any help to you.
http://www.excelbanter.com/showthread.php?t=19634
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I have already explored the regional settings, and I have not found a solution there. When changing list separator, the separator for both argument lists and input lists changes.

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This is possibly something to do with your Windows regional settings rather than your Excel settings.

Have a look at this thread and see if it's of any help to you.
http://www.excelbanter.com/showthread.php?t=19634
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I have already explored the regional settings, and I have not found a solution there. When changing list separator, the separator for both argument lists and input lists changes.
Could you post an example file where this is happening?
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Could you post an example file where this is happening?
I will not let me complete a formula with too many arguments, hence I have used : to separate the data inputs in this formula.
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I will not let me complete a formula with too many arguments, hence I have used : to separate the data inputs in this formula.
Try putting the non-contiguous range in a separate set of brackets.
So your example formula becomes =LARGE((E3:E16,G3:G13),2)
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Try putting the non-contiguous range in a separate set of brackets.
So your example formula becomes =LARGE((E3:E16,G3:G13),2)
Perfect! This solved the problem.
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