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I want to drag a formula to copy it down a column, but the formula includes a reference to a box on a different page in the document i.e. '1' etc. I want the page number to increase by 1 for each new box I drag to.

When I drag, the page number stays the same, instead of changing/ increasing by 1.

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Use Row(1:1) instead of 1. For example try inserting and dragging down:

="see Page "&Row(1:1)

This could be extended to say:

="see Page "&Row(1:1)&" and Reference 33"

where autofill may not give the desired results.

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  1. Manually fill at least 2 cells to set the pattern to be replicated.
  2. Select those cells manually filled.
  3. Do the drag down / drag right.

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