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MS Excel: One Click Cell Addresses

Friday, August 13th, 2010 by | Filed Under: MS Excel

Did you know that there’s a faster way to enter cell references in Excel formulae? I’m talking about a way that doesn’t involve typing cell addresses. Did you know?!

Interested? (Yeah, I thought you might be!)

Here’s the scoop.

Next time you’re entering a formula and you get to a cell reference (like A5, for example), instead of typing A5, use your mouse and click on A5.

Some of you are already thinking, “Now why would I do that? I can type faster than I can use the mouse.”

True enough, but I sometimes find that I’m not positive of the location of the cell I need and it’s not currently visible on the screen. So, what does that mean? Well, it means that I’ve got to scroll out there, find the cell address, double check that I’ve got the correct address and finally go back to type it in.

Sound like a hassle?

Yes, it is! And let’s not overlook our ability to either mess up the cell address (even though we double checked our info) or to forget the address completely.

So, this leads us back to the beginning of the whole thing. Oh no!

Now, here’s where the time saving thing kicks in.

Begin your formula with the customary = and proceed to enter functions and/or symbols as usual but… when you get to a cell reference click on the cell itself. (Don’t click back to the cell with the formula… your click did not change the cell selection and are still working on creating the formula. All you did was to grab a cell address with that click!)


You should find that the cell’s address has been entered into the formula for you, so assuming that you didn’t click in the wrong place, there’s no location typos or forgotten addresses.

Cool, huh?!


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