I have two worksheets in my Gnumeric file.

In the first I have a lot of rows which contain an index. On the second I have the respective values for that index.

Now, I can use the ­­index function to reference the aspect I need.


IndexValues is the second worksheet, B1:B7 denotes the value areas in that sheet, B1 is the column on the first sheet where the index number is stored.

But if I want to copy the line to the second row I get:


which is not what I wanted. Instead I wanted


So that the lookup area on the second sheet stays the same, but the field where the index number is taken from.

Context: For this specific case its about the names of Weekdays that need to be mapped to a input (which is a number from 1 to 7). But I'm having this problem more then here and would like to have a general case solution.


Use the $ prefix to indicate that cells and ranges should stay put when copy/paste/dragging:


You can apply the $ to different parts of the cell address, so

$B2 means B should always be B when copied, but 2 can move relative
B$2 means B can move relative, but 2 must remain the same
  • Great! Thank you. Do you happen to know where in the manual that is written down? I tried searching it, but failed. Feb 11 '16 at 22:09
  • No sorry. Though spreadsheet apps tend to adopt the standards set by Excel for compatibility, so if you search for "how to do X in Excel" the answers will apply to LibreCalc, Google Spreadsheet, Excel, Gnumeric etc in many cases, particularly around the basics.
    – Paul
    Feb 11 '16 at 22:13

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