If you work with Excel on a Mac, you know that there are some big differences between the Mac and Windows versions. One of the most frustrating differences is the way that absolute references are handled. On a Windows PC, you can use the F4 key to toggle between relative, absolute, and mixed references. But on a Mac, the F4 key doesn't work. So how do you create an absolute reference in Excel for Mac?
The good news is that there is a keyboard shortcut for creating absolute references in Excel for Mac. It's not as intuitive as the F4 key, but once you know it, it's easy to remember. Here's how it works:
1. Start by creating a relative reference. For example, enter the following formula in a cell: =A1+B1
2. Now press the Command key and the letter 't' at the same time. This will open the Format Cells dialog box.
3. In the Format Cells dialog box, click on the Number tab.
4. In the Category list, select Custom.
5. In the Type box, type the following: $#,##0_);($#,##0)
6. Click on the OK button.
7. Now your formula will look like this: =$A$1+$B$1
As you can see, the shortcut for creating an absolute reference in Excel for Mac is to use the Command key and the letter 't' to open the Format Cells dialog box. Then, in the dialog box, select the Custom category and type in the $#,##0_);($#,##0) format. This will convert your relative reference into an absolute reference.
Once you know this shortcut, it's easy to remember and use. So next time you're working on a Mac and you need to create an absolute reference, don't reach for the F4 key - use this shortcut instead.