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How to force formula to always use same cell in Excel?

In many cases, you may need to use the same reference cells in formulas after changing the position of the formula cell. This article will show you two methods of forcing formula to always use same cell reference in Excel.

Force formula to always use same cell with the F4 key

Force formula to always use same cell with Kutools for Excel


Force formula to always use same cell in Excel

Click Kutools > Convert Refers. The Kutools for Excel's Convert Formula References utility helps you easily convert all formula references in bulk in selected range such as convert all relative to absolute at once in Excel. See below screenshot:

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Force formula to always use same cell with the F4 key


For forcing formula to always use same reference cell, you need to convert the reference cell to absolute. The F4 key helps you easily make single reference cell absolute in a formula. Please do as follows.

1. Select the formula cell to display the formula in the Formula Bar. Click on the reference cell you want to always use in the formula, and then press the F4 key.

Then you can see the specified reference cell is changed to absolute.

For other reference cells, please repeat the above step.


Force formula to always use same cell with Kutools for Excel

If you want to change all reference cells to absolute in a range, please try the Convert Refers utility of Kutools for Excel.

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1. Select the range with formulas you need to force to always use same reference cells, then click Kutools > Convert Refers. See screenshot:

2. In the Convert Formula References dialog box, select the To absolute option, and then click the OK button.

Then all cell references in selected formula cells are converted to absolute at once.

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