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Have you ever looked at a formula and thought, “What in the world does this mean! What items make up this crazy formula?” Or have you ever found your self constantly linking back to a cell and thought, there has to be a better way? If so, you are not alone. That is why named ranges exist! After you use named ranges, you’ll wonder how you ever got through life before.

Microsoft sums up perfectly why you should use named ranges: they make your “formulas much easier to understand and maintain”. Here is how they work…

By default, each cell has a name that corresponds with the column letter and the cell number. To see the cell’s name, look at the top left hand corner of your spreadsheet.

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You can change the name of that particular cell to any name you’d like (although you should be somewhat descriptive). In this case, I’ll rename the cell “Age”. To change the name, click in the area where the name appears, type the name and hit Enter.ranges3

Now whenever you refer to that cell, you will see “Age” appear in the formula bar instead of the cell reference.

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This also means that you can easily refer back to the cell by typing simply typing the name of range. No more going back and forth between spreadsheets to refer to cells!