To set up a cell with locked references in a formula, select the cell, navigate to the **Formula** bar, and type the formula you need, using dollar signs in front of the row and column references. For example, **=$A$1-$B$1**, where **A1** and **B1** are the cells with values. Finally, press** Enter**.

Let’s look at a few methods for accomplishing this.

## Method #1: Typing the Dollar Sign Manually

**Difficulty**: Beginner

**Time Estimate**: 10 seconds

1. Select the cell where you want your formula and its result.

2. In the **Formula **bar, enter the formula you need, typing dollar signs in front of the row and column references. Here we use the formula **=$A$1-$B$1**, where **A1** and **B1** are the cells with values used by the formula.

3. Press **Enter **on your keyboard.

Here you have it! Now if you copy the formula into a new cell, the row and column references will not change.

## Method #2: Adding the Dollar Sign with the F4 Key

**Difficulty**: Beginner

**Time Estimate**: 15 seconds

1. Click on the cell where you want the formula and its result.

2. Go to the **Formula** bar and type the formula you need. In our case, we use **=A1-B1**. When entering the formula, press the **F4** key. Do this twice, once after entering the first cell reference and again for the second cell reference: **=** > **A1** > [**F4]** > – > **B1** >** [F4]**.

3. Hit **Enter** on your keyboard.

Easy as ABC! The references in the formula are now locked in place.

## Locking Cell References in Excel FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions and answers to help you understand more about cells and their data in Excel.

### What can a cell contain in Excel?

A cell in Excel can contain many different values. The most common type of data is a number, date, or time. A cell can also contain text, which can be entered by the user or generated by a formula.

### What are the three types of cell references in Excel?

There are three types of cell references in Excel: relative, absolute, and mixed.

- Relative cell references change when a formula is copied or moved to another cell.
- Absolute cell references do not change (they are locked) when a formula is copied or moved to another cell.
- Mixed cell references contain both absolute and relative components.

We suggest you head on over to take a look at this article, which goes over cell references and the dollar sign in detail.

### What is a cell range?

A cell range is a group of cells that can be created by selecting multiple cells in a worksheet all at once or by using the Range Object in VBA code.

### What is an active cell?

An active cell is the cell into which data is currently being added. Only one cell may be active at a time.

### What is a cell address?

A cell address is the location of a cell in a worksheet. Cell addresses are used in formulas to reference specific cells. A cell address consists of the column letter and row number of the cell.