#### Using multicell range when single cell prescribed

```This is unusual (to me) range usage. It is NOT entered as array formula.
A1=123
A2=456
B1=left(A1:A10,1)
B2=left(A1:A10,1)

Note the results. Additional observations - you can stick dollar signs
on 1 and 10: no result change. You can (instead) copy B1 to B2: no
result change.

It's as though using a range where you "ought" to be using a single cell
[range] is interpreted as "the cell for column A of current row" (for
this choice of A1:A10).However note that B1=left(A2:A10,1) gives #VALUE.

Is this a beneficial (and reliable) tactic in some situations, for some
worksheet functions...or should it be simply considered *proscribed*?<g>
```
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```Hi Wild:

Just because
B1=left(A1:A10,1)
returns "something" does not mean it returns what you want.  Lets say in A1
thru A10 we have:

a
b
c
d
e
f
g
h
i
j
If we now enter
=left(A1:A10,1) into B1 thru B10 as an array formula, we get:

a	a
b	b
c	c
d	d
e	e
f	f
g	g
h	h
i	i
j	j

--
Gary''s Student - gsnu200743

"Wild Bill" wrote:

> This is unusual (to me) range usage. It is NOT entered as array formula.
> A1=123
> A2=456
> B1=left(A1:A10,1)
> B2=left(A1:A10,1)
>
> Note the results. Additional observations - you can stick dollar signs
> on 1 and 10: no result change. You can (instead) copy B1 to B2: no
> result change.
>
> It's as though using a range where you "ought" to be using a single cell
> [range] is interpreted as "the cell for column A of current row" (for
> this choice of A1:A10).However note that B1=left(A2:A10,1) gives #VALUE.
>
> Is this a beneficial (and reliable) tactic in some situations, for some
> worksheet functions...or should it be simply considered *proscribed*?<g>
>
```
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GarysStudent (1572)
9/9/2007 11:52:01 AM
```> It's as though using a range where you "ought" to be using a single cell
> [range] is interpreted as "the cell for column A of current row" (for
> this choice of A1:A10).

That is correct. It's called the implicit intersection and it applies to a
just about any formula that should be array entered but isn't.

Here's another example:

A1 = 71
A2 = 49
A3 = 65
A4 = 5
A5 = 12

Formula entered in B1 and copied down to B5:

=A\$1:A\$5>50

The results will be:

TRUE
FALSE
TRUE
FALSE
FALSE

> Is this a beneficial (and reliable) tactic in some situations

Maybe. I've never had the need to use it but others may have.

--
Biff
Microsoft Excel MVP

"Wild Bill" <DecapitateSpammers@myspam.com> wrote in message
news:46e3bace.9200500@news-server.tx.rr.com...
> This is unusual (to me) range usage. It is NOT entered as array formula.
> A1=123
> A2=456
> B1=left(A1:A10,1)
> B2=left(A1:A10,1)
>
> Note the results. Additional observations - you can stick dollar signs
> on 1 and 10: no result change. You can (instead) copy B1 to B2: no
> result change.
>
> It's as though using a range where you "ought" to be using a single cell
> [range] is interpreted as "the cell for column A of current row" (for
> this choice of A1:A10).However note that B1=left(A2:A10,1) gives #VALUE.
>
> Is this a beneficial (and reliable) tactic in some situations, for some
> worksheet functions...or should it be simply considered *proscribed*?<g>

```
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9/10/2007 4:22:54 AM

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