#### How do I move data without changing an associated formula?

```I have created an Excel worksheet which I update with new values each day
(golf scores).  I keep the last 10 scores but want an average of the last 5
scores.  How can I move the data one column to the left and not change the
averaging formula so that when I post the new score it still uses the
original formula (sum of G5 to K5 devided by 5).
```
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N (28)
5/3/2005 2:19:03 AM
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```If you put a "\$" before any cell reference, it will "freeze" the formula
value.  So, if your formula references cell G5, you can use \$G5 to freeze
the column or G\$5 to freeze the row or \$G\$5 to freeze the entire cell
reference.

"Al N" <Al N@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:1F8A4B29-2A00-4E70-9CD4-B4EBA45F545C@microsoft.com...
I have created an Excel worksheet which I update with new values each day
(golf scores).  I keep the last 10 scores but want an average of the last 5
scores.  How can I move the data one column to the left and not change the
averaging formula so that when I post the new score it still uses the
original formula (sum of G5 to K5 devided by 5).

```
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karlspam (74)
5/3/2005 5:32:25 AM
```I would suggest that you not move (cut/paste) the data since the formulas
will follow it regardless if whether the formulas are absolute or relative.
I'd do a copy/paste and then clear the last column K for the new entries.

You can also use a formula that indirectly references the range to the left
so that it does not adjust when you cut/paste.  For instance this formula
when placed in cell I8: =SUM(OFFSET(I8,0,-3,1,3))

--
Jim
"Al N" <Al N@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:1F8A4B29-2A00-4E70-9CD4-B4EBA45F545C@microsoft.com...
|I have created an Excel worksheet which I update with new values each day
| (golf scores).  I keep the last 10 scores but want an average of the last
5
| scores.  How can I move the data one column to the left and not change the
| averaging formula so that when I post the new score it still uses the
| original formula (sum of G5 to K5 devided by 5).

```
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jrrech (1932)
5/3/2005 10:41:06 AM
```Thanks.  The copy/paste does what I wanted.  I should have thought of it. As
you said, I had already tried the absolute values, but they moved also moved
with the cut/paste.

Al N

"Jim Rech" wrote:

> I would suggest that you not move (cut/paste) the data since the formulas
> will follow it regardless if whether the formulas are absolute or relative.
> I'd do a copy/paste and then clear the last column K for the new entries.
>
> You can also use a formula that indirectly references the range to the left
> so that it does not adjust when you cut/paste.  For instance this formula
> when placed in cell I8: =SUM(OFFSET(I8,0,-3,1,3))
>
> --
> Jim
> "Al N" <Al N@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:1F8A4B29-2A00-4E70-9CD4-B4EBA45F545C@microsoft.com...
> |I have created an Excel worksheet which I update with new values each day
> | (golf scores).  I keep the last 10 scores but want an average of the last
> 5
> | scores.  How can I move the data one column to the left and not change the
> | averaging formula so that when I post the new score it still uses the
> | original formula (sum of G5 to K5 devided by 5).
>
>
>
```
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N (28)
5/3/2005 1:31:29 PM

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