# Relative formula not updating when copying

Now you should have two sets of formulas both referencing the same cells.Cut (instead of Copy) seems to work for me, probably for the same reason dragging selected cells works - i.e. This is also the only way I know of to paste to another page without the formula changing.Now we have: Nothing complicated, we have just written a new formula into cell C3. Observe the results below: Now we have Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson’s first names. Point the cursor to cell B2 and paste the contents. ) – 1) and the result is #REF: Copying cells is very handy because you can write one formula and copy it to a large area and the reference is updated.Look at what happened – we get an error: “#REF.” Why is this? This avoids having to edit each cell to ensure it points to the correct place. For example, (C1: C10) means all the cells from cell C1 to cell C10. Another example (A1: AZ1) is the top row from column A to column AZ.To begin, let’s clarify what we mean by cell references, which underpin much of the power and versatility of formulas and functions.

In this lesson we discuss cell references, how to copy or move a formula, and format cells.We need to add columns above and rows to the left, so we have to move the cell down and to the right to make room.As you move the cell to the right, the column number increases. The cell that it points to, the cell reference, changes as well.I've done some hideous things in the past involving the Came across this looking for a similar problem and ended up finding a solution for Excel which seems to work perfectly in the Google Spreadsheets.For the cell references you don't want to change on paste simply add $ before each part.