# Documentation/How Tos/Calc: OFFSET function

CALC FUNCTIONS
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## OFFSET

Returns a modified reference, given a reference, an offset, and a desired size.

### Syntax:

OFFSET(reference; row_offset; col_offset; new_height; new_width)

reference is the given reference, which may be a range.
row_offset and col_offset are the number of rows / columns to move reference down / right by. Negative numbers are allowed.
new_height and new_width set the height and width of the new reference, by adjusting the bottom right corner. These are optional parameters.

### Example:

=OFFSET(A1; 1; 2)

in a cell, returns the contents of cell C2. The new_height and new_width parameters have been omitted.

=OFFSET(B3; -2; 0; 1; 1)

in a cell, returns the contents of cell B1. A negative offset is allowed.

=SUM(OFFSET(A1; 2; 2; 2; 3))

in a cell, returns the sum of the contents of cells C3:E4. 2 rows and 2 columns are added to A1 to offset it to C3, and then the new size extends the range to E4.

=SUM(OFFSET(C1:G1; 0; 0; 1; 3))

in a cell, returns the sum of the contents of cells C1:E1.

### Issues:

• The new_height parameter cannot be empty. Issue 3879 addresses this (target OOo3.0).
• OFFSET(A1;{0|1};0;1;1) in an array formula returns unexpected results; see issue 86658.