MS Excel: OFFSET Function (WS)
The Microsoft Excel OFFSET function returns a reference to a range that is offset a number of rows and columns from another range or cell.
OFFSET Function (Syntax)
The syntax for the Microsoft Excel OFFSET function is:
OFFSET( range, rows, columns, [height], [width] )
range is the starting range from which the offset will be applied.
rows is the number of rows to apply as the offset to the range. This can be a positive or negative number.
columns is the number of columns to apply as the offset to the range. This can be a positive or negative number.
height is optional. It is the number of rows that you want the returned range to be. If this parameter is omitted, it is assumed to be the height of range.
width is optional. It is the number of columns that you want the returned range to be. If this parameter is omitted, it is assumed to be the width of range.
The OFFSET function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:
- Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000
Type of Excel Function
The OFFSET function can be used in Microsoft Excel as:
- Worksheet function (WS)
OFFSET Examples (as Worksheet Function)
Let's look at some Excel OFFSET function examples and explore how you would use the OFFSET function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:
Based on the Excel spreadsheet above, the following OFFSET function examples would return:
|=OFFSET(A1, 1, 2, 1, 1)||would return the reference to cell C2
(and thus would display $7.23)
|=OFFSET(C3, -1, -2, 1, 1)||would return the reference to cell A2
(and thus would display 10567)