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How to move or replace references in Excel formula?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2017-11-24

For instance, you have a list of formulas shown as =Sheet1!(cell) +1, now you want to replace all Sheet1 in the formulas with Sheet3 as below screenshot shown, how can you solve it quickly in Excel?

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Move or replace references in Excel formula

Move or replace references in Excel formula

If you want to move or replace a specific reference in all formulas of a range or sheet, you can apply the Find and Replace utility to solve it.

1. Select a range or the sheet you want to use the formulas, press Ctrl + H keys to show the Find and Replace dialog. See screenshot:
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2. Click Options to expand the dialog, type the reference you want to find in Find what textbox, type the new reference you use in Replace with dialog, and select Formulas in the Look in drop-down list. See screenshot:
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3. Click Replace All, then all references in the selection or the active sheet have been replaced with the new one.


1. If you want to move the references, you just need to leave nothing in Replace with text box in the Find and Replace dialog.

2. If you want to find or replace characters or references across multiple workbooks or worksheets, you can apply Kutools for Excel’s advanced Find and Replace function, which can do you a favor kindly. It’s full function without limitation in 60 days, please download and have a free trial now.
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