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Defining a Name in Excel

When it comes to working with data in Excel, one of the most important things you can do is give your data range a name. This can be extremely helpful when trying to reference specific cells or ranges of cells in your formulas. In this article, we'll take a look at how to define a name in Excel and how to use it in your formulas.

To give a cell or range of cells a name, simply select the cell or range of cells you want to name and then click in the Name Box (located above the formula bar). Type the name you want to use for your selection and then press Enter.

Once you've given a cell or range of cells a name, you can then use that name in your formulas instead of referencing the cell address. For example, let's say you have a named range called "Sales" that contains sales data for your company. You could then use the following formula to sum up all of the sales:


This is much easier than trying to remember which cells contain the sales data!

You can also use named ranges in conjunction with other functions. For example, let's say you want to find the average sales amount. You could use the following formula:


Named ranges can be extremely helpful when working with large amounts of data in Excel. They can make your formulas much easier to read and understand, and they can save you time when entering or editing formulas.

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