# Adding Text To INDIRECT Reference

Feb 13, 2014
Is there anyway to add text to an INDIRECT reference so that it will now reference a new range?

For instance, this is my formula...

=IF(INDEX(INDIRECT("A1+TM"),MATCH(B2,INDIRECT(A1),0),1)="","-",INDEX(INDIRECT("A1+TM"),MATCH(B2,INDIRECT(A1),0),1))

I am trying to say, if the cell 1 column to the left of the cell that matches the text in B2, in the cell range referenced in A1 (CWS) "added to the text "TM", is blank, then write "-", otherwise return the number in the cell 1 column to the left of the cell that matches the text in B2, in the cell range referenced in A1 (CWS)+"TM".

Cell A1 is a data validation list that refers to different ranges. The only difference between those named ranges and the named range I want to reference is the text "TM" comes at the end.

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Oct 2, 2008

I'm trying to combine text and a cell reference using Indirect. Cell B1 contains the text "Region" (no quotation marks). In another cell I'm trying to create a reference to "Region total" (no quotation marks). By my limited understanding the below should work: =INDIRECT("b1"&" total")

But the cell returns #REF!. I've tried pretty much every combination of quotation marks around different elements of the formula I can think of. Cell B1 is a drop down list, don't imagine that's relevant, but it may be.

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Feb 17, 2012

Reduced to it's simplest form I have a formula

=1*(FY2012_TY), where FY2012_TY

is a Defined Name which refers to a column on another tab in the workbook, and is defined as:

=OFFSET(Table!$AA$3,0,0,COUNT(Table!$AA:$AA),1)

What I would like to do is to come up with an approach to this formula that would allow me to drag it across columns and have the year automatically increment (e.g., FY2013_TY, FY2014_TY, all of which are similarly defined Defined Names referring to adjacent columns). I have tried various approaches using INDIRECT along with CONCATENATE, but when it comes down to evaluating the formula, I consistently get a #REF! error.

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Feb 1, 2009

I have an income statement with the cities on top (column header) and the expenses below it. There are 5 cities for example. The last line is net profit before it changes to the next city.

New York (column header)

Wages

Lights

Net Profit

Boston

Lights

Wages

Sales

Net Profit

How do you get the row reference for Boston Net Profit without using the offset or indirect function? (doing external linking with workbook closed) The formula would find Boston first and then look for the first net profit after Boston? The small if function may work for this.

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Jan 17, 2008

I am writing a formula in cell "B1" in "December 2007 REVISED BY DAN.xlsm" that will reference cell "X1" in a workbook that has not been created yet.

The way I will tell the formula what the name of the workbook will be is by referencing cell "A1" and adding the extension ".xlsx" to it.

Example: ...

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Feb 7, 2012

I have the following formula which i'm using to indirectly reference a worksheet. The worksheet i'm referencing includes named ranges that i'd like to call on but i can't get the syntax right.

Code:

=SUMPRODUCT(--(INDIRECT("'"&HH_Elec_Title&"'!B15:B19")>=D5),--(INDIRECT("'"&HH_Elec_Title&"'!B15:B19")

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Oct 15, 2013

I am trying to use the sumif and indirect function together but I keep getting an error and I'm not sure why.

Actual formula:

=SUMIF('SWG OR'!B:B,A168,'SWG OR'!E:E)

Using the sumif/indirect function, I have the following:

> Cell B5 contains the name of the tab "SWG OR"

=sumif(indirect(B5&"!B:B",A168,B5&"!E:E"))

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Jun 26, 2014

Just wondering if there is a way to indirectly reference a workbook in a formula?

For example, suppose A1 has the path/filename of the workbook I want to reference.

So in another cell I want to do, say, a VLOOKUP(A2,A1,5), where A2 is the lookup value. This way, if I have multiple workbooks I want to look at, I can specify them all in various cells, and simply have the formula look at the right cell to perform the lookup.

I've played with INDIRECT and get something close if I do

=INDIRECT("'"&A1&"'!A1:AJ1500")

but that just returns the contents of A1 in the target sheet.

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Mar 12, 2008

I'm having difficulty referencing named ranges indirectly in a VLOOKUP formula (Excel 2003).

Cell A1 contains a fuel cost.

Cell A2 contains a formula that returns a RangeName.

In Cell A3, I want to enter a VLOOKUP formula that uses the range returned as the result in Cell A2 as the Table_array. In other words: =VLOOKUP($A$1,$A$2,2,FALSE). The result is #NA!.

If I use =VLOOKUP($A$1,INDIRECT($A$2),2,FALSE), I get #REF!.

Among other things, I've also tried =VLOOKUP($A$1,TEXT($A$2,"@"),2,FALSE). No cigar.

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Feb 22, 2010

I have a worksheet with a name that inckudes a hyphen, e.g. 1234-5678.

And I have the worksheet name in a cell, say, I!.

Using

=INDIRECT(I$1&"!YADDA")

I get a REF error because of the inclusion of the hyphen in the worksheet name.

How can I fix this without eliminating the hyphen?

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Jun 9, 2009

I have this formula in excel 2007:

=COUNTIFS(Blad1!W:W;"1";Blad1!X:X;"H")+COUNTIFS(Blad1!W:W;"6";Blad1!X:X;"H").

Blad is Dutch for sheet, by the way.

In this formula, I want to let the ranges in Sheet1 be dependent of values in Sheet2. The formula itself is in Sheet2.

W must be replaced by the value of Sheet2!B12 and X to be replaced by the value of Sheet2!B9.

I tried this by using the INDIRECT formula, but the quotation marks of the search values are giving errors.

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Oct 11, 2011

I need making a dynamic cell reference in an indirect formula, which looks at a different workbook.

The other workbook is called: ESF.xlsx

The sheet name in the other workbook is defined in Cell B2

The first cell i need to pull across is B115.

In cell B8, This is what i have so far:

=INDIRECT("[ESF.xlsx]"&B2&"!"&"B115")

How do i make it so that i can copy this formula quickly, but so only the row and column reference change?

Like in C8 i would want it to look at cell C115, In C9, id want it to look at C116 etc.

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Dec 9, 2012

I have been using the following formula to do conditional summing over multiple worksheets:

=SUMPRODUCT(SUMIF(INDIRECT("'"&$AB$2:$AB$13&"'!b3:b39"),$B16,INDIRECT("'"&$AB$2:$AB$13&"'!c3:c39")))

The formula works fine, but when I drag it to the next column c3:c39 stays the same. How do I get that reference to change when I drag the formula over multiple columns.

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Apr 30, 2009

How would I used the indirect function to reference a named range in the workbook in formula creation.

For instance, if in cell A1 I have entered the text "Sales" which is also a named range in the workbook. Then in cell A2 I tried entering the following formula to sum based on the entry in cell A1 using the indirect funtion. For instance:

=sum(indirect(A1))

In this instance I was hoping this formula would then sum the amounts in the "Sales" named range. And, if I changed the text in cell A1 to "Cost" for instance (another named range in the workbook), it would sum the amounts in the "Cost" named range. Allowing for a dynamic formula based on the entry in cell A1.

I'm using Excel 2007.

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Sep 28, 2006

I want to create a formula of the form: =INDIRECT(ADDRESS(4,2,2,TRUE,($A9) and insert this in a cell BUT the $A9 reference needs to reference the row of the cell where the formula is being inserted which will vary. ie. A30, A31, etc. How do I do this?

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Dec 3, 2007

COPYING indirect formula. When I copy, the lookup reference does not change. My formula is =INDIRECT("'"&$A247&"'!j106"). When I copy horizontally across cells, I want J106 to increase, ie j107, j108 etc. At the moment it remains at J106 and i have to manually increase the numbers by 1.

How do I change my formula so that the numbers increase automatically?

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Apr 4, 2014

Basically I have an equation:

=SUMPRODUCT(G9:G11,H9:H11)/SUM(G9:G11)

It's just a simple percentage calculator for my purposes and works fine as is. However, I want to make it dynamic whereby from a user input the length of the array will increase or decrease, e.g. G9-G11 will become G9-G12 if there are four rows occupied with data. For all my other SUMming equations I have solved this and even came up with what I think is a perfectly valid solution for this one. The one problem is that it doesn't work when combined into a single equation.

My solution for the upper part of the fraction is this:

"A1"=SUMPRODUCT(INDIRECT("G9:G"&MIN(ROW(G9)+A8-1)),INDIRECT("H9:H"&MIN(ROW(H9)+A8-1)))

Where the user inputs the number of rows used in A8.

The solution for the lower part of the fraction is this:

"A2"=SUM(INDIRECT("G9:G"&ROW(G9)+A8-1))

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Jul 10, 2014

I am using the formula below to sum across several worksheets, and the formula I am using works fine, but when I copy the formula across to other cells, I can't figure out how to have it update my cell range:

=SUMPRODUCT(SUMIF(INDIRECT("'"&$A$1:$A$4&"'!A:A"),$B4,INDIRECT("'"&$A$1:$A$4&"'!G:G")))

The range A:A is ok to be static, but I need the G:G to be dynamic so when I drag it to the right it will change from G:G to H:H. I:I, etc.

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Jan 24, 2012

Trying to use INDIRECT to sum the contents of a column on another worksheet upto a certain cell reference which is in another cell on the worksheet.

=SUM(INDIRECT("Sheet1!A4:Sheet1!"&B1))

I have taken it back to simply having sheet1 with numbers in A4 to A23, then sheet2 with A23 in cell B1, and the formula above it C9, but I keep getting #REF!.

The formula works fine if on sheet1 without the worksheet names in it. Formula evaluation gets to =SUM(INDIRECT("Sheet1!A4:Sheet1!A23")) then gives =SUM(#REF!)

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May 21, 2014

Attached I have a document where I am wanting all of the individual sheet names on the Total page. Rather than having to change each formula to match the sheet name I believe there is a way to reference the sheet name column (AO) in the formula so you can drag it down to fill in the columns. I am basic with Excel and do not know how to add this indirect function into my current formulas.

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Apr 4, 2009

I only dabble with Excel occasionally, but whenever I do, boy, do things get ambitious. Now I've run into a bit of a brick wall trying to reference one worksheet from another, with the specific worksheet referenced being variable (it looks for the worksheet name in cell D3).

I formerly had this, the "hard-coded" version:

=SUM('2009'!F4:OFFSET('2009'!F4,(MATCH(B3,'2009'!A4:A15,0)-1),0,1,1))

I want to replace "2009" with the lovely and helpful INDIRECT function, and have managed to get to this point:

=SUM('2009'!F7:OFFSET(INDIRECT(D3&"!F7"),(MATCH(B3,INDIRECT(D3&"!A7:A18"),0)-1),0,1,1))...........

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Jun 1, 2008

=INDIRECT(CHAR(39)& F2 & CHAR(39) & "!BC7")

I would like to make BC7 dynamic. In other words, the text in this formula, BC7, should come from a cell A4 which today says BC7 but next month the value in A4 will say BD7.

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Jun 2, 2012

I am new to the Macro editing of Excel. I have a list in the first tab that I would like to click yes or no (how to set up a checkbox) and the appropriate column will pop up in the next tab with appropriate header. I would like it to be where the column will pop up in the correct order, so even if one is clicked in the middle, it knows where to put it.

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Jun 25, 2012

I am trying to add to a cell number and I am not entirely sure its possible. Here is my question:

My formula is thus:

='Sheet1'$A1 On sheet 2

And My next cell that I want it to show would be From Sheet 1 A4, then Sheet 1 A7, and so on and so on.

Can I do something on Sheet 2 to put =A1+3 and that would somehow give me A4?

I am trying to use the reference of Sheet 1 A1 and have next cell show me the value of Sheet 1 A4, then Sheet 1 A7 and so on and so on.

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Aug 18, 2009

I am trying to develop an Indirect Indirect Validation drop down list. Example, Building - Floor - Room, i.e. Select Building from a Validation drop down list. Then based upon the Building selected, select only the Floors applicable to the Building Selected. I am able to achieve this via an Indirect Validation drop down. However, when I attempt to then select the Rooms applicable to the Floor of the Building I selected, I can not produce an Indirect Validation off a previous Indirect Validation.

In the attachment, I have used Plant - Location - Room. I have name ranged the selections, and have used Validations Lists for Plant, and Indirect Validations for Location. The error occurs where I attempt to do an Indirect Validation for Room.

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Apr 23, 2008

I have a need to sum values in the right column of a 2 column table based on multiple criteria of the values in the left hand column. The table has 500 rows.

The two criteria are:

1 - that the cell contains a specific text string ("product a")and

2 - that the cell contains a text string for the month in question ("Jan")

The other limitation I have to work with is that the formula is in a different workbook to the source data. I have a worksheet that lists the external workbook/sheet and have been using INDIRECT in the DSUM.

I read through the examples here:

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Basically they recommended DSUM as the most efficient.

I can get the DSUM working, but it needs the workbook to be open before it can evaluate the expression and therefore I get an error when I select to update values upon opening the workbook.

So in summary I wondering if anyone can show me how to write a SUMIF formula based on the above criteria.

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May 28, 2006

I want to create a formula that will refer to the cell I want by adding a number to the cell reference, not to the contents of the cell. For example, lets say that the cell C11 holds a value of 22. I want to add 4 to C11 to get my formula to reference cell C15, I don't want it to add 4 to the contents of C11 which is 22 and would give me a result of 26. I have a large spreadsheet and I can't just fill down the way I have it now and I don't want to have to retype the formula every time.

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Jun 18, 2013

I am currently using cell references to create a depedendent list with data validation. How to make cell references show up with some invalid characters?

For example, one of my cell references is Youngs_Market_Company. However, when pulling up the cell, I want it to be displayed as Young's Market Company.

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Jan 10, 2014

I have a chart with sales data on one axis and inventory on a secondary axis. I have the average of each columns of data and want to add a reference line to each axis with it's average. I have added the averages to my data set, but it only adds the reference line to my primary axis. I actually began by manually inserting two lines to the chart (which seems asinine). They actually didn't print because they weren't actually on the chart, but rather just on the spreadsheet behind.

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Sep 26, 2006

I'm using Conditional Formatting for an entire column to check the value of each cell and compare it to the value of a cell in the same row but a different column. (Cell Value equals =$D2) It works great until I insert or delete a cell in the formatted column. The reference does not change as one would expect. I've played around with formulae such as =$D2<>$P2 but the reference only changes for the P2, not the D2. I've also tried using =CELL("contents", ADDRESS(Row(),4)) but this causes excel to complain.

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