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In Microsoft Excel, you can use the ConvertFormula method in a VisualBasic, Applications Edition, procedure to convert cell references from A1reference style to R1C1 reference style. This method will also allow you tochange from an absolute to a relative reference and vice versa.
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You can also use this procedure to convert cell references between A1 andR1C1 reference style by changing the appropriate constants for"fromReferenceStyle" and "toReferenceStyle" for the ConvertFormula method.
Before running the macro, select one or more cells containing formulas toconvert.
'Convert_Reference Type Macro'A Visual Basic module to convert absolute references to relative'references or relative references to absolute references. Sub Conv_RefType() Dim Conv As String 'Prompt user to change to relative or absolute references Conv = Application.InputBox _ ("Type A to convert to Absolute, R to Relative Reference(s)", _ "Change Cell Reference Type") 'If changing relative to absolute references If UCase(Conv) = "A" Then 'Loop through each cell selected For Each Mycell In Selection If Len(Mycell.Formula) > 0 Then 'Stores cell's formula as variable MyFormula = Mycell.Formula 'Converts formula to absolute reference style NewFormula = Application.ConvertFormula _ (Formula:=MyFormula, _ fromReferenceStyle:=xlA1, _ toReferenceStyle:=xlA1, _ toAbsolute:=xlAbsolute) 'Replaces old formula with new absolute formula Mycell.Formula = NewFormula End If Next 'If changing absolute to relative references ElseIf UCase(Conv) = "R" Then 'Loop through each cell selected For Each Mycell In Selection If Len(Mycell.Formula) > 0 Then 'Stores cell's formula as variable MyFormula = Mycell.Formula 'Converts formula to relative reference style NewFormula = Application.ConvertFormula _ (Formula:=MyFormula, _ fromReferenceStyle:=xlA1, _ toReferenceStyle:=xlA1, _ toAbsolute:=xlRelative) 'Replaces old formula with new relative formula Mycell.Formula = NewFormula End If Next 'Display Error message if choice entered is invalid ElseIf UCase(Conv) <> "FALSE" Then MyMsg = "Enter A for Absolute, R for Relative Reference(s)" MyTitle = "Option Not Valid" MyBox = MsgBox(MyMsg, 0, MyTitle) End If End Sub
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