Using Range Names in Microsoft Excel will make it more efficient to navigate an Excel Workbook, but best of all use a Range Name in a function in place of the Cell References. There are rules about Naming Ranges: – No Spaces is the big point to make as most people forget. The Range Names must start with a letter, no symbols, you can use text and numbers, but it can’t be the name of a cell eg: You Can’t use QTR1 as this is a cell. The next big point that people forget is you must press ENTER otherwise you have not completed the steps and your Range Name will not work.
The steps to creating a range name are: Select a range of cells, click in the Name box type the name and remember to press enter. If you have several range names to create you can create then in one hit. Select the cells – include the headings (rows and columns) then in the Formulas tab, Select Create from Selection. If the heading label starts with a number ie: 2017 Budget, Excel will add the underscore for your automatically.
Examples of a range name used in Functions like Vlookup and Sum.
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