18. Using Names in Excel
Long before Microsoft introduced tables and formulas like
=[@Revenue]–[@ Cost], spreadsheets have offered the ability to assign a name to a cell, range of cells, or formula. The theory is that using a name for a range would be easier to understand when used in a formula.
=SUM(MyExpenses) would make formulas more self-documenting than
=SUM(Sheet5!AB2:AB99). In Excel 2010, you use the Name Manager interface to assign and use names effectively.
Use the Name Box to Define a Name for a Cell
There are a variety of uses for names in a workbook. A name can be applied to any cell or range. Names are also useful for the following:
• Making formulas easier to understand
• Quick navigation
• Forcing a formula reference to remain ...