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Sorting with excel

by Conf / April 21, 2006 4:39 PM PDT

Hi there, wondering if anyone has any ideas...

I'm working with a series of linked spreadsheets at work, and I'm trying to put together a page to compile orders of each part... it works fine if I cut and paste things around - the functions automatically adjust. But when I run a sort on one of the pages they do NOT adjust... and this is done all the time.

Any idea how I can sort data and have the links change as I do so?

Thanks a million ^.^;; anyone who can solve this might just save my hide.

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by Conf / April 21, 2006 4:40 PM PDT
In reply to: Sorting with excel

Oh, it's XP of course.

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Re: Sorting with Excel
by Kees Bakker / April 21, 2006 7:26 PM PDT
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I just tried it (had never done so before) in Excel 2000, and you're quite right. A formula in sheet2 pointing to a cell in sheet1 isn't changed if that cell if moved around by sorting the data area that contains it, so it will work on the new value on that location.
OpenOffice's Calc (, in fact, shows the same behavior.

I don't know if this should be called a bug or an intended feature. But it seems to be a fact to live with. That's the way it works, and as a application designer you'll have to adapt to it.

So all I can advice:
- change the application in Excel
- rebuild the application in a real database package (like MS Access or Open Office Base).
Apparently, you've reached the limits of what a spreadsheet is usable for. So my bet would be to change tools. After all, you don't drive screws with a hammer, nor do you do databases with a spreadsheet. Sorry to note so.


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by Conf / April 23, 2006 11:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Sorting with Excel

Thanks for your help.

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