Microsoft KB Archive/174288

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Article ID: 174288

Article Last Modified on 4/26/2002


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q174288


When you copy a formula from one cell to another, the resulting value is a #NULL! error.


This problem occurs when the following conditions are true:

  • You copy a formula that contains both a label and a defined name reference. -and-

  • The reference to the defined name is located between two label references as in the following example:

    =<Label1> <Defined name> <Label2>


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.


Microsoft Excel 97 introduces natural language formulas, which is a method you can use to refer to a cell range in a table by using row or column labels as the reference name. Natural language formulas use the intersection feature that is available in earlier versions of Microsoft Excel.

For additional information about natural language formulas, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

161881 XL97: How to Use Natural Language Formulas

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