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Chapter 12. Building Formulas > Naming Cells and Cell Ranges

Naming Cells and Cell Ranges

If you find yourself repeatedly typing cryptic cell addresses, such as Sheet3!A1:AJ51, into formulas, don't worry—Excel has a better way. Assign a short, memorable name to any popular cell or range, and then use that name instead of the cryptogram in formulas.

After you define names in a worksheet, those names are made available to any other worksheets in the workbook. A name defining a cell range in Sheet6, for example, is available for use in formulas in Sheet1, Sheet2, and so on in the workbook. As a result, each workbook contains its own set of names. You can also define worksheet-level names that are available only on the worksheet in which they are defined.


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