Short Video: Using Absolute Cell References in MS Excel

In: BlogDate: Jul 25, 2016By: Claire Lickman

Learn how to use Absolute Cell References in Microsoft Excel in this time-saving two minute video.

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Absolute Cell References, or adding in dollar signs ($) to your formulas, are absolutely essential when copying across formulas. It ensures that a formula will always refer to the same cell each time, rather than changing to another cell each time, for example when doing a multiplication that requires a fixed figure (such as VAT or conversion rates).

This tip is guaranteed save you time when working with Excel spreadsheets!

Claire Lickman

Claire is Head of Marketing at Happy. She has worked at Happy since 2016, and is responsible for Happy's marketing strategy, website, social media and more. Claire first heard about Happy in 2012 when she attended a mix of IT and personal development courses. These courses were life-changing and she has been a fan of Happy ever since. She has a personal blog at

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Absolute Cell References are covered in our Core Level 1 course, and it’s essential that you are confident with this before you attend our Excel Core Level 2 course.

If you are comfortable with Absolute Cell References following this video, check out our Excel Core Level 2 course.

If you are a total beginner to Excel and using formulas, our Core Level 1 course will be more suitable for you. This covers all the basics, including saving and opening a spreadsheet, filtering data, and using basic charts and graphs.

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