Relative Reference

A spreadsheet term.

Relative reference gives the position of a cell relative to the cell that is referencing it.

For example, if there was a formula in cell D3 like this =A1, then the next cell below D3, which is D4, would have the formula =A2.

The cell formula has moved one row down because it is tracking the relative position of the other cell.

This is very handy, because it means you can drag a formula from one cell to another and know that the formula will change to reflect its new position.

Relative Reference is the opposite of 'Absolute Reference'

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