Defined Names Vs Reference Cells?

Mar 23, 2012

I have several SumIf formulas that references a Cell in a Main Reference Tab. This is useful to me as I have over 100 tabs of data points and having a reference cell with that text is easier to change one time vs 100 times.

My question is this: Will Defined Names be "faster" than using a reference cell? With over 100 tabs, there's a lot of formulas and I'm looking for a faster way to get the same output without Excel Memory overload.

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Using Defined Names In VBA?

Aug 6, 2012

Trying to use a Defined Name as the cell reference in VBA. The idea is to change the value of a couple of other cells base on the value of the cell "FreightRow". I am starting with a Message box just to make sure the code was reading the cell reference.

Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
Dim FR As Range
Set FR = ThisWorkbook.Names("FreightRow").RefersTo
If FR = 3 Then
MsgBox ("Help")
End If
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I use Vlookup's a lot so i define my range with specific names a lot. But when i want to clear the range names via Insert>Name>Define>"Select the range name then click delete. but instead of clicking on each range name, i would like to to delete all.

I can create a macro to do this but some days i use different range names that other days so the below will not work exactly.

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Ive created the following code which I want to use to create a name in excel but it doesnt work.

when i put =INDIRECT i get an error and with out the = it places a text string in with speech marks on it e.g. defined name reference in excel reads ="INDIRECT('Health and Safety'!$AP$3)"

How do I get rid of those speech marks? the cell reference will change each time the macro runs and so will the sheet reference.

myC = ActiveCell.Address
Dim strNAME As String
strNAME = "YAXIS" & "_" & "HS" & Chartnumber
strSHEET = ActiveSheet.Name
ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets(ActiveSheet.Name).Names.Add Name:=strNAME, _
RefersToR1C1:="INDIRECT('" & strSHEET & "'!" & myC & ")"

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I am currently overhauling a massive workbook, that previously relied on an absurd amount of named ranges in order to run vlookups. I no longer need these named ranges and would like to delete them to unclog the workbook. Currently I only see a way to delete them one by one. Is there a way to mass delete all of them?

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This thread is related to this thread. Offset, Match, Max Formula In the Insert - Name - Define window:

If one wants to copy a formula from the "Refers to" box and the formula extends past the right side of the box, how does one use "select all" or mark the whole formula from beginning to end so it can be copied without messing up the formula. At the moment, when I try this, it changes the formula to include the active cell of the worksheet that's open when I use the Ctrl + c etc. I have tried Ctrl + Ins and Ctrl + a and Ctrl + c. None of these are working for me.

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I have a situation where I copy a worksheet to further on in the same workbook (essentially, using it as a template to create new sheets). I have certain cells that contain references to named ranges, e.g. on NewSheet1, cell $A$1 contains =StudyNo. Unfortunately, it shows as #NAME?. But, if I go to the formula bar and press enter, it resolves the name properly. I thougt maybe that automatic calculation was on manual but it is not. Why is this happening and what can I do to resolve it.

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as the title says, i need to rotate a range but to keep all defined names (single cell or range) consistent.

lets say i have the following cells filled:

1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4
now i have a few defined ranges. lets say:
range name, refers to
mycell1row1, A1
mycell90roanything, B1
mysomething, C1
mysomthingrange, A1:F1


what i need in the end is this:

1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 2 2 2 2 2 2
3 3 3 3 3 3 3
4 4 4 4 4 4 4
and for defined names:
mycell1row1, A1
mycell90roanything, A2
mysomething, A3
mysomthingrange, A1:A7

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Reduced to it's simplest form I have a formula

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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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I'm trying to use some defined names to create charts. Though it works at the very begin, some extremely weird things happen when I try to develop further .....

Attached please find the test file, which simplifies my real case but shows the same problem.


In the test file, three names are defined as below:

Line1: "=Xvalue*1"
Line2: "=Xvalue*2"
Xvalue: "=ROW(SampleChart!$A$1:$A$25)"

the chart is very sample: "=SERIES(,Test.xlsx!Xvalue,Test.xlsx!Line1,1)"

So far, it works very well. However, I just simply can't add the second line into the chart, for example, "=SERIES(,Test.xlsx!Xvalue,Test.xlsx!Line2,2)"

I canNOT even change "Line1" to "Line2" in the "SERIES" formula!

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I am looking to create a formula which sums the values associated with several defined names. For example, I have a workbook with the following defined names SalesPerson1Total, SalesPerson2Total, etc. and these amounts are all sourced from multiple tabs. The amount of defined names (i.e. 'SalesPersons') is variable, therefore, I want the formula to read Sum the values of all defined names which are named with the following convention 'SalesPerson(X)Total'.

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I created all the names so that the person who will eventually be using this will only have to add an appropriately named worksheet and put the data in...then everything will automatically work. I do not think adding names is difficult, but the person who will be using this does, so I want to avoid that person mucking around in my names.

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Jan 13, 2009

I'd like to be able to refer to a cell or local scope defined name within my sheet that references another sheet, or accomplish the same functionality in some way.

For example, if I have a sheet MyInformation and then another sheet MyPrintedInformation, where the printed information sheet shows MyInformation in a more printer-friendly format, I might have this in MyPrintedInformation:

a cell or defined name that says (this doesn't work, but just as an example):
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3 =Sum(A2:A6)
5 ...
3 ...

I would like to have a formula which references another cell to define how many rows to sum from the starting cell. So in the above example, the total number of rows which are added together is 5. If I wanted to change all of the SUM formulas to add 6 rows, I would like to be able to change the number in the reference cell to 6 and all of the sum formulas would switch to adding 6 rows.

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Old formula in one sheet of a workbook looks up a cell in another sheet with the value of ='sheet1!A1

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As I add in a new column to the right of C (call it C2), I need D (which has shifted over one) to sum A,B, and C.

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I'm creating a copy for distribution that takes the active workbook and copies the values to a new workbook. There are columns that I would like to delete from the 14 day sheets and that would be easy enough if the sheet names were never changed.

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