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How Do I Extract Data From Multiple Workbooks Using VBA


I am trying to create functions in VBA and I need to extract data from multiple workbooks. For example, is it possible to sum data(numbers) contained in multiple workbooks using VBA? If so, how do I create that function in VBA.


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