I wish I could brag about how named ranges help me professionally. They do, but I don’t have a cute story about it. However, it is easier for me to set up tables and formulas when I think about what each cell’s contents represent rather than the actual cell references. Seriously, Z3432? Who cares? I want to know what it means.
Named ranges also come in handy when you start working with the table objects in Excel. This concept makes structured referencing that much easier.
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Problem: You need to add or subtract amounts from different ranges according to a specific criteria (SUMIF function).
Solution: Insert two SUMIF formulas and combine them into a single formula:
- Insert the SUMIF formula to total the amounts based on the criterion 701 into cell E2.
- Insert the SUMIF formula to total the amounts based on the criterion 300 into cell E3.
- Select cell E2 and copy the formula from the Formula Bar, select the formula and press <ctrl>+C and click the Enter or Cancel symbol in the Formula Bar to exit Edit mode.
- Select cell E5 and press <ctrl>+V.
- Select cell E3 and copy the formula from the Formula Bar without the equals (=) sign by selecting the formula and pressing <ctrl>+C.
Select cell E5 and enter a minus(-) sign after the formula in the cell, and then press <ctrl>+V.
The combined formula is now: