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The Fill feature always increments relative references by one for each cell filled. This article shows how to use Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications code to fill a range of cells with a formula and increment the relative references by an amount that you choose.
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A2: 123 Anywhere St.
A4: 234 Indeterminate Lane
A6: 345 Unknown Ave.
A8: 456 Not Sure Blvd.
A10: 567 Wherever Way
Suppose you want the range B1:B5 to contain links to the names in this list, but not to the addresses. If you enter "=A1" in cell B1, select the range B1:B5, and click Fill Down on the Edit menu, you will get the following formulas:
B1: =A1rather than the following formulas:
B1: =A1which, in this example, would produce the desired result. The following sample macro enables you to get this result without having to type the formulas in each cell.
To use the sample macro, first select a vertical range of cells starting with the cell that contains the formula you want to fill down. In the example above, you would select the range B1:B5. When you run the macro, a dialog box will prompt you for the number of cells to increment the relative references for each cell filled.
WARNING: The macro will overwrite any data in the selected range and the <n>-1 cells below it, where <n> is the number you enter in the dialog box.
Sample Visual Basic Procedure
For additional information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/163435/EN-US/ )VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/226118/EN-US/ )OFF2000: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications
Article ID: 151337 - Last Review: October 11, 2006 - Revision: 2.3