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Putting Multiplication Formula In Cells With Vba

Hi everyone, I am sure this is very simple, but I cant figure out how to do it I hope someone can help.

I want to put a simple multiplication formula into a cell....for example:


Sheets(sheet_name).Cells(5,1).Value = "N325 * N326"

.......that is straightforward and works fine, however I need to use variables for the row number of the cells being multiplied so what I really want to do (but of course this syntax won't work) is:


Sheets(sheet_name).Cells(5,1).Value = "N & start * N & finish"

...where 'start' and 'finish' are variables (integers) reperesenting row numbers......

Please can anyone tell me how I make the statement between the quotes work so that the column letter and variables can be combined into cell references to be multiplied and will work between quotes to become the literal contents of the cell?



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I need a formula in cell L3 that says "IF cell K3 is greater than 25 but less than 30, K3, otherwise, blank." Cell K3 currently contains the value 30. My formula in L3 currently is =IF(K3>25,K3,IF(K3

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The question:
How can you prevent a cell's contents from overflowing into the next cell?

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This is my first post in these forums.
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I'm very new to Excel, and I'm having trouble figuring a few things out. Hopefully this will be very easy for you guys!

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