When a cell with formulas is copied and pasted elsewhere in the Excel spreadsheet, Excel will adjust relative references like *A1 *to take into account the offset in terms of rows and columns. This *A1 *reference can become *C5 *in the formula for instance, if you have pasted the formula 3 rows below and 4 columns to the right.

In some cases, you may want to paste the formulas exactly, as if they were absolute references like *$A$1*, but without having to change the formula to transform relative references into absolute references. This is where this feature can come in handy. To use it:

- Click
*Paste exact formula*from the Power-user ribbon in Excel. - In the first dialog that opens, select the initial range to copy and click
*OK*. - In the second dialog that opens, select the destination range (they must have the same size), and click
*OK*. - The formula will be pasted without changing the cell references, even if they are relative references.

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