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I have a google sheet that takes information from a google form, that creates a row every time a form is submitted. Since it is a new row that is created, rather than filling in the next row down, the formulas I have applied to some of the columns do not work. The same is true when I try and link the data to another sheet to bypass this problem. This is probably quite a general functionality issue so I won't send the actual document but let me know if you need it

Solved by F. F. in 13 mins

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Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:22

Welcome, thank you for choosing Got It Pro-Excel! I'll be glad to assist you with your concern. :)

User
07/08/2018 - 11:23

So can you help?

User
07/08/2018 - 11:23

do you understand my question

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:23

Let me restate it if what I understood is correct.

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:24

Basically, the problem here is that the formulas you've created do not capture the "inserted row" and auto-adjusts to capture the "original" reference row. Is this correct? :)

User
07/08/2018 - 11:25

the first bit is correct, what do you mean by 'capture the "original" reference row'?

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:26

So for example, a formula is linked to C10, and the last value is in C9. Since the form "inserts" a new C10 value, the formula auto-adjusts to refer to C11. Is that right? :)

User
07/08/2018 - 11:26

yes exactly

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:27

Nice. Okay, the only solution to this is through the use of INDIRECT function and a helper column. It would be great if you can share the google sheets you're working on. Otherwise, I can demonstrate through sample data in the document preview how this can be done.

User
07/08/2018 - 11:28

can you demonstrate here, so I can learn for myself how to properly do it?

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:28

Sure thing. If you look at the document preview, we have source and main sheets.

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:29

Basically, column B of main just "copies" the column A of source.

User
07/08/2018 - 11:29

got it

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:29

Now, if we insert a "new" row 5, the value of that new row 5 is not captured.

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:30

Let me create a column helper and link this with an INDIRECT function.

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:30

Look at column A of main.

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:31

These are merely A1 to A51 values.

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:32

Now look at column B, with the formula =indirect("Source!"&A2)

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:32

Now, let's try inserting a new row 7.

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:33

It will be copied in the column B of Main. That's how we use INDIRECT function,

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:33

basically, column A (our helper column) consists of the cell locations of column A of source sheet.

User
07/08/2018 - 11:34

ahh I see

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:34

Nice. :)

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:34

It's the INDIRECT function that utilizes these A2-A50 as reference.

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:35

So =indirect("Source!"&A2) will always translate to =Source!A2, even if you add new A2 unlimitedly.

User
07/08/2018 - 11:35

that makes perfect sense

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:35

you can download a copy of the document preview by going to File > Download as > Microsoft Excel (.xlsx). The formulas will be downloaded as well. :)

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:35

Do you have any more clarifications with the provided solution? :)

User
07/08/2018 - 11:35

nope thank you very much

Excelchat Expert
07/08/2018 - 11:35

Nice! You can now end the session via the button on your upper right (sorry, can't do it from our end). I would also appreciate it if you can leave a great feedback after this.Thanks so much for using Got it pro and have a nice day! :)

User
07/08/2018 - 11:36

Cheers!

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