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How to avoid #ref error while deleting the rows in Excel?

While you refer a cell to another cell, the cell will display #REF error if the reference row has been deleted as below screenshot shown. Now I will talk about how to avoid #ref error and automatically refer to next cell while deleting the row.

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Avoid #REF error while deleting the rows

Avoid #REF error while deleting the rows

To avoid #REF error, you cannot use the general formula =cell reference, you need another formula.

Select a cell next to the cell you need to use a formula to refer a row to it and type the row number difference between the cell and reference cell. For instance, I want to refer B12 to B2, then type 10 into C2. See screenshot:
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The in the cell B2, type =OFFSET(B2,C2,), and press Enter key.
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Now while you deleting the row 12, the cell content will be updated and get the value in new row 12.

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    John · 2 years ago
    Offset works nicely to avoid #ref when deleting rows. It is not necessary to store the offset in another cell - you could achieve the same result using the number 10 e.g. =offset(B2,10,)