# Range of cells: Convert relative reference into absolute

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#### Igor

Hello, everyone,

Is there a way to change simultaneously a whole range of cells that contain
the same relative reference into absolute references.

For example:

Convert the following relative references in the range of cells D56:AB56

=Sheet1!B1 (...) =Sheet1!Z1

Into:

= Sheet1!\$B1 (...) Sheet1!\$Z\$1

But: All at the same time, not one by one.

I have to transpose a large amount of tables that have relative references
and I need to change these into absolute references. It would take me forever
to do this one by one.

Thanks for the help!

J

#### jlclyde

Hello, everyone,

Is there a way to change simultaneously a whole range of cells that contain
the same relative reference into absolute references.

For example:

Convert the following relative references in the range of cells D56:AB56

=Sheet1!B1 (...) =Sheet1!Z1

Into:

= Sheet1!\$B1 (...) Sheet1!\$Z\$1

But: All at the same time, not one by one.

I have to transpose a large amount of tables that have relative references
and I need to change these into absolute references. It would take me forever
to do this one by one.

Thanks for the help!

Find and replace
Ctrl + F Find Sheet1!B1 and replace with Sheet1!\$B1
Jay

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#### Igor

Find and Replace will not work here because only one of the cells has column
B as reference, all the others reference different columns. There are no 2
cells that reference the same column.

Thanks anyway.

J

#### JLatham

Then why not Find "!" and replace with "!\$"
That takes care of the general problem.
"!\$Z" with "!\$Z\$"

Maybe that will work?

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#### Igor

Yes, that would indeed solve the problem. Such an easy answer and it totally
slipped by!

Thank you, J!

J

#### JLatham

Sometimes we can't see the trees for the forest, sometimes we don't even
realize we're in a forest because we focus to much on one tree.

Not sure which category this falls into -- and I'd hate to try to count the
times I've missed the "easy" answers in the past.

Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated, and glad I could help.