Another reader recommended using the F4 function key to toggle between making a cell reference relative and absolute. Either double-click on the cell or press F2 to edit the cell; then hit F4. It works even when you highlight multiple cells. F4 adds the dollar sign to the cell references you’ve highlighted. If you don’t highlight a cell reference, Excel will add the dollar sign only to the cell reference closest to your cursor.
For this latest suggestion, thanks to Dan Olsen, who works for Utah’s Division of Finance in Salt Lake City.
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