Creating a Named Range

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 30, 2014)

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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:

  1. Select the cell or cells you want to associate with a name.
  2. Click Data | Named and Protected Ranges. Sheets shows the Named and Protected Ranges pane at the right side of the screen.
  3. If it is available, click the Add a Range link. (This link is normally only visible if you already have other named ranges defined in your spreadsheet.) (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. Adding a named range.

  5. In the box at the top of the pane, replace the suggested name (NamedRange1) with the name you want associated with the range you selected in step 1. (For instance, type Subtotal or TaxRate.)
  6. Click Done.

That's it; now you can use the name in your subsequent formulas to make them easier to understand.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is three minus 1?

2014-09-02 22:40:03

Samroeng

How to create dynamic name range in google spreadsheet?


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