Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

If I lock cells A1:A3000, is there a way to insert rows in columns B-Z?

I highlight them and I don't get the option to insert even though it is selected in the lock options. (Bottom line is that I need column A static, not to move.)

Any ideas? Is it even possible?

Better yet, is there any way to have formulas in column A static, as I insert rows in column B? Column A formulas change cell location when I do so.

share|improve this question
add comment

2 Answers 2

up vote 0 down vote accepted

You can use the INDIRECT function to always refer to the same cell regardless of inserting rows etc.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Here’s my mock-up of your situation:

enter image description here

Select all the cells below where you want to insert the row(s). You can do this with the mouse, or by typing B5:Z7 into the Name Box (the thing at the far left of the Formula Bar).

enter image description here

Then click on the border of the selected rectangle and drag it down as many rows as you want.

enter image description here

enter image description here

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.