So if I type in the following data:

A row of cells from AAA to AAC

I want to be able to drag the handle in the bottom right to expand the list all the way to ZZZ if necessary. By default, excel just repeats the sequence I typed.

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    There are not enough columns to make it all the way to ZZZ. There are 17576 combinations and only 16384 columns. – Scott Craner Apr 19 '17 at 19:32

Change your data to rows instead of columns, there are not enough columns to get to ZZZ.


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  • Excellent and robust. I think you can just use ROW() without an argument and it will assume the current cell. – Engineer Toast Apr 19 '17 at 19:48
  • @EngineerToast yes, but that assumes that the OP will put it in row 1. This way if another comes later and wants to start in row 2 it will not start at AAB – Scott Craner Apr 19 '17 at 19:49
  • Good point. Your answer is certainly better. – Engineer Toast Apr 19 '17 at 19:50
  • Thanks. How did you collapse the rows like that, by the way? – Tharwen Apr 19 '17 at 21:11
  • "Freeze panes", I assume. – Martin Argerami Apr 19 '17 at 22:20

Assuming you have Excel 2007 or later, start in column A with the formula:


This just takes advantage of the fact that column 703 is AAA. If you start in a different column, adjust the value of 702 as needed.

  • This will only go to XFD before throwing errors. – Scott Craner Apr 19 '17 at 19:42
  • @ScottCraner That's true but, as you pointed out above, you can only get to YGD (I think) before it breaks on any method using Address. – Engineer Toast Apr 19 '17 at 19:45
  • using Address it will only go to XFD as there are no more columns beyond that. There is no column XFE so it will be an error #Value after that. Everything after column WED will be an error. – Scott Craner Apr 19 '17 at 19:48
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    If you append AA to the left of the address and return the 3 right characters, you can start with column A and, thus, get 702 addresses further which I think is YGD. It's still a failure, it's just a failure later on. – Engineer Toast Apr 19 '17 at 19:49

In A1 write AAA In B1 write the following:
and drag it in the same row to C1, D1 till you have the result you need
The formula

  • read the cell before it (left column same row) with indirect
  • Add 1 to the column
  • Substitute $ with ""
  • Substitute 1 with ""

Address Function return =Address(1,1) -->$A$1

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