Issue 25770 - Non-contiguous named ranges don't appear in the formula bar's drop-down box
Summary: Non-contiguous named ranges don't appear in the formula bar's drop-down box
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Product: Calc
Classification: Application
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 1 vote (vote)
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Reported: 2004-02-22 04:30 UTC by geofffarrell
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:36 UTC (History)
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Description geofffarrell 2004-02-22 04:30:41 UTC
Open a new spreadsheet and rename 'Sheet1' to 'Test1'.  Click in cell A5.  Open
the Define Names dialog.  Enter the name 'TestRange' and select 'Add'.  Insert
'Matrix' in the name box.  Insert the following specification in the 'Assigned
to' box:


then click on 'Add', then 'OK'.  Click on the drop-down box in the formula bar.
 Only 'TestRange' is shown; 'Matrix' is absent.  Re-open the Define Names dialog
and click on 'Matrix'.  The specified cells in 'Matrix' will be highlighted in
sheet Test1.  Exit the Define Names dialog by clicking on 'Cancel'.  Although
not shown in the drop-down box, the named range 'Matrix' will work in formulas.
 Enter the number 15 in cells A1, B2:D3 and A4.  Click in cell C6 and enter the
formula _=SUM(Matrix)_.  The result (120) will be shown in cell C6.

Re-select range B4:D5 (a contiguous selection).  Open the Define Names dialog. 
Enter the name 'Block' and select 'Add' and 'OK'.  The formula bar drop-down box
shows both 'TestRange' and 'Block'; selecting 'TestRange' or 'Block' activates
those selections correctly.  This shows that single or contiguous cells' named
ranges are shown in the formula bar's drop-down box, that selecting them there
activates their respective selections, and that this does not work for
non-contiguous cells' named ranges.  Making named ranges for non-contiguous
cells appear in the formula bar's drop-down box, as happens for single and
contiguous cells, would be a good enhancement for consistency and productivity.
 This is the default behaviour for Excel, for example.

Presently, the only way of selecting a non-contiguous named range is to open the
Define Names dialog, click on the range's name, see the highlighted cells,
memorize them, then exit and select them manually.  This is cumbersome and
impractical for even one selection event, let alone having to do it multiple times.
Comment 1 frank 2004-02-23 10:17:38 UTC
Hi Bettina,

one for you.

Comment 2 ace_dent 2008-05-16 02:55:52 UTC Issue Tracker - Feedback Request.

The Issue you raised has the status 'New' pending further action, but has not
been updated within the last 4 years. Please consider re-testing with one of the
latest versions of OOo, as the problem(s) may have already been addressed.
Either use the recent stable version:
or consider trying the new OOo 3 BETA (still in testing):
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necessary - otherwise it may be Resolved as Invalid in the future. You may also
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Comment 3 bettina.haberer 2010-05-21 15:07:45 UTC
To grep the issues easier via "requirements" I put the issues currently lying on
my owner to the owner "requirements".