Even Better Ways


Feedback from Readers:

Another way to move or duplicate an Excel formula without the cell references changing (see Technology Q&A, JofA , Oct.01, page 108) is to type an apostrophe (’) in front of the formula. Adding that punctuation transforms the entire cell into a text cell; as a text cell, the reference in the formula will not change when you copy or move it. If you do want it to change later, just delete the apostrophe and it will revert to a regular number value cell.

From Lanny D. Levin of the Lanny D. Levin Agency, in Highland Park, Illinois, and Dick Schubert of Denver, Colorado.

A faster way to get the calculator icon into the Windows toolbar (see Technology Q&A, JofA , Oct.01) is to click on Start, Programs, Accessories, Calculator, and then right-click and drag the calculator icon to the desktop or the toolbar.

From Lanny D. Levin of the Lanny D. Levin Agency in Highland Park, Illinois.

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