Trying to Sort - Can't change part of an array error

Copper Contributor


I linked some data with sumif formulas.  Now I want to sort the rows by job number and the color of backfill and I am receiving an error that states "You can't change part of an array."  Is there a work around?  




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Click a cell in the matrix. Press the F5 key. Select "Contents" - "Current Array".
Now you can either select "Cut" in the marked area with the right mouse button.
Or "Copy" - "Paste Special" - "Values".
Then you only have the constants in that area.

Formulas should of course be insured beforehand and then copied back again.

I hope I understood the question correctly.


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I would be happy to know if I could help.



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Janet, you can't apply SORT or modify somehow else part of the spill array/range, you need to modify entire formula. That's hard to say anything more concrete without the sample of the formula.

@SergeiBaklan Can I find out where the error comes from? I got the same error "you can't change part of an array"


We'd have to see a copy of your workbook.

Could you attach a small sample workbook demonstrating the problem (without sensitive data), or if that is not possible, make it available through OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox or similar?