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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.

Replace range names with VBA code;

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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:


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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



arrow blue right bubble Quickly and easily replace range names with Kutools for Excel

If you have Kutools for Excel, its Replace Range Names utility will help you replace range names with cell references quickly and easily.

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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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Change cell reference in formulas to range names in Excel


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    Juan · 8 months ago
    Muchas gracias por el post! Me ha funcionado la macro perfectamente, una ayuda buenísima