How to replace range names with cell references in Excel?
Some people prefer to use lots of range names in their formulas because they feel it is clearer and easier to read and understand. But if you want to see the actual cell references, how should you do? Here this tutorial will introduce two quick tricks to solve this problem.
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For example, in this worksheet, I will name range A2:A6 as saleprice, and name B2 as discount, and then using both the range name in a formula to calculate the new price. See screenshot:
After following the quick tricks, the range name will be replaced with cell reference as shown as below:
Using VBA to replace formula’s range names with cell references, you can get it done step by step as follows:
1. Select the range containing the formulas you want to replace their names with cell references.
2. Click Developer > Visual Basic or Alt + F11 to open a new Microsoft Visual Basic for applications window will display, click Insert>Module, and then input the following codes in the module:
VBA code: Replace range names with Absolute reference
Sub AbsoleteNamesWithRelativeRefs() 'Updateby20140603 Dim Rng As Range Dim WorkRng As Range Dim xName As Name On Error Resume Next xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel" Set WorkRng = Application.Selection Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8) Set WorkRng = WorkRng.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeFormulas) For Each Rng In WorkRng For Each xName In ThisWorkbook.Names If InStr(Rng.Formula, xName.Name) > 0 Then Rng.Formula = VBA.Replace(Rng.Formula, xName.Name, VBA.Replace(VBA.Replace(xName.RefersTo, "=", ""), "$", "")) End If Next Next End Sub
VBA code: Replace range names with relative reference
Sub ReplaceNamesWithRelativeRefs() 'Updateby20140603 Dim Rng As Range Dim WorkRng As Range Dim xName As Name On Error Resume Next xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel" Set WorkRng = Application.Selection Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8) Set WorkRng = WorkRng.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeFormulas) For Each Rng In WorkRng For Each xName In ThisWorkbook.Names If InStr(Rng.Formula, xName.Name) > 0 Then Rng.Formula = VBA.Replace(Rng.Formula, xName.Name, VBA.Replace(xName.RefersTo, "=", "")) End If Next Next End Sub
3. Then click button to run the code, a dialog displays for selecting a range to replace. See screenshot:
4. Then click OK. and all of the selected formula range names have been replaced. See screenshot:
Replace range names with relative cell references
Replace range names with absolute cell references
If you have Kutools for Excel, its Replace Range Names utility will help you replace range names with cell references quickly and easily.
Step 1. Please apply this utility by clicking Kutools > More Tools > Replace Range Names. See screenshot:
Step 2. A pop-up dialog named Replace Range Names is displayed, and click Range section and then select the range you want to replace with cell references from the Base Range. See screenshot:
Step 3. Click Replace, another Replace Range Names pop-up dialog will be displayed to tell you the number of modified formulas and unchanged formulas, click Ok, and then the range names in the selected rang have been replaced with cell references. See screenshot:
For more detailed information about Replace Range Names, please visit Replace Range Names feature description.
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To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 2 years agoMuchas gracias por el post! Me ha funcionado la macro perfectamente, una ayuda buenísima