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Den tis 5 maj 2020 kl 08:38 skrev Luuk <>:

On 4-5-2020 09:43, Brian Barker wrote:
At 09:35 03/05/2020 +0200, Johnny Rosenberg wrote:
Let's say I have a spreadsheet (I actually have several…) with a lot
of cells and ranges already filled with data and formulas. One day I
discover the range naming feature, so I name a few cell ranges.
Shouldn't there be some easy way to replace every occurrence of those
cell ranges in all my formulas?

I don't think any automatic system could do exactly what you probably

What I probably want doesn't have anything to do with me. That's rather a
matter of other peoples guesses about me and not relevant for anything.

Say your range is A1:B5 on Sheet1 and suppose you name this as Name.
You may think that "Name" is now synonymous with "A1:B5", but no:
instead it is shorthand for "$Sheet1.$A$1:$B$5".

Great, that's exactly what I want.

There are thirty-two
variations on "Sheet1.A1:B5" you may have in your spreadsheet, each
including a different combination of those dollar signs. As you will
know, each version behaves differently if you fill ranges from a cell
with a formula containing it, or if you copy and paste from such a
cell. So the differences are important. By including "Name" in a
formula, you are choosing to imply the anchored or absolute version of
the range.

I can't see any problems with that. Maybe I don't follow.

In order to preserve the precise meaning and behaviour of your
existing formulae, any automatic system should replace a spelled-out
reference only when it includes all five dollar signs.

Yes, why would it do anything else than that?

But in practice
one may rarely add all those dollar signs in formulae, instead using
only as many are necessary for the filling or copying that one is
expecting to need.

Oh, I don't know anything about that. I only know I wouldn't, and if I did,
it would be my fault only. I'm not expecting Calc to do the thinking for me.

I suspect you wouldn't be impressed if an automatic
system failed to replace "A1:B5" or "A$1:B$5" with your newly defined

No, I'm rarely impressed when things just work as expected. They just

But if it did, it would corrupt some spreadsheets that you or
others might compose.

And when I say easy, I mean easier than doing search and replace on
each one of them one by one. I can't find such a feature. Is there an
extension for it?

When you do this, you would need to determine in each case whether the
replacement by the range name would be appropriate. And an automatic
system could not do that for you.

No, that's just wrong. Only absolute references (those with $-signs
everywhere) will be searched for, nothing else. Don't over complicate this

I'm going to write a macro for it, ...

Which of the thirty-two variations will it replace?

The one that Calc itself associates with the name, that is those with
$-signs everywhere. I actually finished my macro instead of making up a lot
of problems.
It proved to be quite easy, actually:
You can easily get any used name and its corresponding reference (or
”address”) by index with:
For lNameIndex=0 To lNameCount-1
Next lNameIndex

sAddress in this case always looks something like $SomeSheet.$A1:$B75.

Inside that loop I have another loop, that loops through all sheets. When
searching the same sheet as the Name is located, I also search for $A1:$B75
kind of reference.

It works great as far as I can tell, so far. Maybe I will run into
something in the future, who knows?
The only problem I saw so far is that at one point there was a reference
like this: $SomeSheet$A$1:$SomeSheet$B$75, that is with the sheet name on
both sides of the colon. I'm not sure how that could happen. I'm pretty
sure I didn't type that and so far I found no way to make Calc doing that,
so I'm not sure what went wrong there. Maybe it was me after all. The macro
seems to be very fast anyway, so I guess I could make it take care of that
kind of reference as well with reasonable speed.

Kind regards

Johnny Rosenberg

If every combination has a unique (range-)name,  who cares?

A1:B5 ==> range1

I tried to assign a name to such a reference, but Calc didn't like that
very much… I get Error 522 (circular reference) every time I try to use the
name. Maybe it's a bug.

A1:B$5 ==> range2

A1$:B5 => someOtherRange

The last one is not valid (#NAME?), so not a good example.

Kind regards

Johnny Rosenberg


I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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