The sheet Formatted Groups
was created with the Move or Copy... command. All the cells are just copies
of cells on Specials. They do not change when the original cells
If you find out later that some of the data is wrong on Specials,
you have to fix it in both sheets. If the cells on Formatted
Groups are linked to Specials, you can fix
both sheets by fixing
Specials. Much better!
In this lesson you will work with Formatted Groups to link all the cells
It cannot be done in just one step. You merged some cells on Formatted
Groups. Those merged cells can be
linked, but they create a small complication for using AutoFill on the
rest of the table.
Where you are:
Project 1: Excel Intro
Project 2: Excel Basics
Project 3: Format & Arrange
Project 4: Groups & Formulas
Images & Drawings
Changes & Formulas
Project 5: Design
Step-by-Step: Copies & Formula
What you will learn:
|to find out if a cell is a copy or if it is linked
to change a copy to a link
trips26.xls - Formatted Groups sheet
Copied or Linked?
- Select sheet Specials and change the number of people that AAA Sales bought trips for to 10 in cell D5.
the green check mark to enter
the new value so your selection will not move.
- Select the sheet Agents Totals and expand the data. Look at the value showing for AAA Sales. It is still 7. The sheet was
not updated because it was a simple copy of the
- Select sheet Tahiti and look in cell D5 at the number of people that AAA Sales bought trips for. This cell has been updated with the new number you entered. The data cells on this sheet are linked to the original data.
- Undo your change. (You don't have to
switch sheets to Undo. There is only one list of actions.) You should be moved
back to the sheet Specials with 7 back in cell D5.
- Select sheet Specials and change the value of cell E29 to
check mark to enter the new value.
- Select sheet Tickets Sold Chart and look at the first bar. It
has been updated with the new value for the sales in the first week. Chart values are linked to the
- Undo your change.
- Experiment with other changes, if you like.
Do you remember which cells are copies and which are linked?
You don't have to remember! Look at the Formula bar. When you select a cell that is linked,
the Formula bar will show a cell reference, like =Specials!C10. Don't forget to undo each of your changes to the data.
If you are not sure you got all the changes reversed, close the file without saving it and then reopen it. You will be back to the last saved version.
Change Copies to Links: Formatted Groups
The sheet Formatted Groups is a copy. What would it
take to link these cells? There are a couple of issues to deal with but fixing the sheet Formatted Groups is not
You will have to handle the merged cells in column A separately.
- On the sheet Formatted Groups, select cell A4, which
contains the word Trip.
- Link this cell to A4 on the sheet Specials. [Hint: type = , switch to sheet Specials,
click in cell A4 and press ENTER.] You are switched back to Formatted
- Right drag A4 on Formatted Groups to the right to F4.
From the popup menu select
The row loses its height.
- Resize row 4 by double-clicking the bottom edge of the
- Check each cell in the row. What does the Formula bar show?
You should have cell references, like =Specials!F4
range A4:F4 and AutoFill the whole table. [Hint: drag the
selection down to row 25.]
A message appears. You can't do this because of the merged cells. Rats!
instead range B4:F4 and AutoFill by dragging to row 25.
Whoops! You did not want the formatting copied!
- Select range B4:F4.
Right drag down
to row 25.
the popup menu select .
down to row 25. From the AutoFill Options, select
Better! The only changes are the zeros that appear in some blank spaces
and row 25 changes height.
- Remove the unnecessary zeros from rows 24 and 25 and, if
necessary, resize row 25 with AutoFit.
- On the sheet Formatted Groups, select cell A5, which
contains the word Tahiti.
- To link this cell, type = , switch to sheet
in cell A5, and press ENTER. The cells are linked.
- Repeat to link cells A11, A16, and A18 on
Formatted Groups to the
matching cells on sheet Specials.
- Inspect all the cells in the top table that aren't empty. Are
they all linked now? Only the title cells should be unlinked.
If you link the title cells, you will lose the separate formatting for the word
Specials. We'll leave well enough alone in this case!
- Save as
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