Naming columns and rows

Excel lets you name complete rows and columns. In the preceding example, the name Qtr1 is assigned to the range B3:B6. Alternatively, Qtr1 could be assigned to all of column B, Qtr2 to column C, and so on. You also can do the same horizontally so that North refers to row 3, South to row 4, and so on.

The intersection operator works exactly as before, but now you can add more regions or quarters without having to change the existing names.

When naming columns and rows, make sure that you don't store any extraneous information in named rows or columns. For example, remember that if you insert a value in cell C7, it is included in the Qtr1 range.

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