by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 30, 2014)
Sheets allows you to easily associate a name with a range of cells and then use that name in formulas. This is a powerful feature, as it can make your formulas much easier to use. For instance, consider the following formula:
=A7 * B14
What does it do? From the information provided, you can't really tell much more than it multiplies the values stored in two cells. However, consider this formula:
= Subtotal * TaxRate
This formula also multiplies two values, but you can tell exactly what the formula is doing and what the result will be. The difference between the two versions of the formula is that the first one uses cell references while the second uses named references—names that refer to cells.
To create a named range, follow these steps:
Figure 1. Adding a named range.
That's it; now you can use the name in your subsequent formulas to make them easier to understand.
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