# Volatile References In Formula

Mar 4, 2010
I have a worksheet that will be referencing data from a 2nd open workbook.

Although the 2nd workbook will contain common worksheet names (eg stats), the file name will be volatile.

Consider the formula in wb ws1 cell A1 used to copy a value from wb2 (39961(28-May-09).xls) ws1 (stats) cell B1 if workbook 2's name was static.

='[39961(28-May-09).xls]Stats'!$B$1

In my case, the reference file will always be different and must be substituted in the forumla above (red portion). How can I adapt my formulae recognize the available workbook. I have the file name available now in cell C4 of WB1.

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Oct 15, 2007

I am using a linear interpolation UDF that recalculates every time a change is made to any cell in the workbook, whether that cell is pertinent to the calculation or not. Is this correct behavior?

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Dec 4, 2013

Okay so I'm trying to us the SUMIFS formula to add values on a different sheet based on criteria on that sheet but I want to use a text string on the sheet with the SUMIFS formula to reference the sheet with the data on it.

My original formula was:

=SUMIFS(INDIRECT("'"&A2&"'!K4:K500"),INDIRECT("'"&$A$2&"'!B4:B500"),"=LEFT(AA1,2)",LEFT(INDIRECT("'"&$A$2&"'!C4:C500"),3),"=MID(AA1,7,3)")

However I kept getting an error and excel said that INDIRECT("'"&A2&"'!K4:K500") was volatile, so I tried to replace it with INDEX and my formula was:

=SUMIFS(INDEX(A2:A2,1)&"'!K4:K500",INDEX(A2:A2,1)&"'!B4:B500",LEFT(AA1,2),LEFT(INDEX(A2:A2,1)&"'!C5:C500",3),MID(AA1,7,3))

However INDEX(A2:A2,1)&"'!K4:K500" returns the value "1251062 EP.EL+CB-A10'!K4:K500" which wont calculate properly because of the quotation marks but excel is auto inserting them.

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Sep 21, 2008

I've posted this question in another site http://en.allexperts.com/q/Excel-105...xExp_72253.htm , but i haven't gotten any answer. I'm attaching an example of the file to show an idea of what i'd like to do, please check first. As you can see, i have a Due Date and Priority columns. The Due Date column has a formula, that when i choose the Priority level, it calculates the Due Date from the current date and auto populates in the cell. The problem is, when i open the file the next day, and insert another Priority level, it updates everything even the previous Due Date entry. This is the formula i have in place for the Due Date:

=(TODAY())+SMALL(IF(WEEKDAY((TODAY())-1+ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&(VLOOKUP((B3),{"Urgent",1;"High",14;"Low",21},2,0))+ ROUND(30*((VLOOKUP((B3),{"Urgent",1;"High",14;"Low",21},2,0))/30),0))))<6,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&(VLOOKUP((B3),{"Urgent",1;"High",14;"Low",21},2,0))+ROUND(30*((VLOOKUP((B3),{"Urgent",1;"High",14;"Low",21},2,0))/30),0)))),(VLOOKUP((B3),{"Urgent",1;"High",14;"Low",21},2,0)))

Is there a way to make up a vb macro to be able to make the Due Date output static, without affecting the formula?

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Dec 22, 2009

Here is the scenario:

A B C D

BananasApplesOrangesTotal113=A1+B1+C1

I need to reference the formula in D1 with the cells headers names.

In a perfect world, it would take

=A1+B1+C1:

and produce:

=Bananas+Apples+Oranges

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Feb 26, 2010

why Microsoft have not made the indirect function non-volatile. In 1997, they changed the index function to non-volatile.

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May 17, 2002

I have a problem similar to Ozone64's posting of 4/23 that I am trying to generate automatic time/datestamps in a cell whenever a value is entered in an adjacent cell. I am currently using the function =IF(A3"",NOW()) but the problem is when data is entered in subsequent rows the previous timestamp is overridden with the new timestamp. Thus at the conclusion of data entry every row ends up with the same date/timestamp as the final entry.

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Feb 23, 2008

I am using vlookup to get a cell value from another sheet, but if the cell has "&" or "/" I need to substitue "&" and "/" with "and" so that the cell can be added later to a url.

i am using =VLOOKUP(a1,Sheet2!A1:W17968,6) to get the value of a1 in sheet 2 and return the value of column 6

this will return "Audio Cables & Leads" but i need it to say Audio Cables and Leads

I need the formula to also check and replace "/" with "and" as well so cables/wire will be Cables and wire

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Jan 12, 2009

I have searched around the forum but I could not find anything related. Like the title says, I need to have a cell that is the current day of the month and changes automatically each day.

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Oct 30, 2009

What can I use to replace the portion in red because it is volatile?

=IF(A3="N","",RANK(B3,$B$2:INDIRECT("$B$17"),0)+COUNTIF($B$2:B3,B3)-1)

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Mar 27, 2008

I am looking for a non volatile alternative to using OFFSET in my named ranges as my models are generally quite bulky and it is beginning to make me quite angry having to build these models in calc manual.

Can anybody provide a non-volatile alternative to this?

=OFFSET(Query!$A$14,,,Height-13,19)

With Height being:

=MATCH(BigText,Query!$B:$B)

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Aug 26, 2012

I have a model that does a projection for 36 months ahead on a spreadsheet. The projection depends upon a randomising "volatile" function. When I press recalculation a new projection is generated. I want to capture the set of numbers that appears at month 36 through repeated recalculations written to a separate sheet. I want around 500 of these numbers.

I have no experience with macros so doing it with preset functions would be preferable. If it has to be a macro, the easier the better. If invoking the spreadsheet and outputting to a flat file is easiest that is fine too.

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Oct 22, 2009

I have a number of statements within the Sheet Event Code (Excel 2007). Three times lately I have added a column and had to go back into the code and find all of the references that needed changing to reflect the new column.

I have been working on this for a couple of days and even tried EE, but to no success.

I have read that Defined Names / Constants should be used as often as possible, but even trying that, the VBA code errors out or "hangs up". Even within Bill Jalen's book (VBA and Macros 2007), there is nothing that addresses this, especially using Intersect.

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)

Dim rng As Range

On Error GoTo mEnd

Set rng = Sheets("Log").[F14:F10000]

If Not Intersect(rng, Target) Is Nothing Then

If Target = "" Then

With Sheets("Log")

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Dec 20, 2013

Column O is names and column P autogenerates email addresses with

=CONCATENATE(SUBSTITUTE(O2," ","."),"@company.com; ")

So, John Smith becomes

"john.smith@company.com; "

That's perfect. I want to move it to another worksheet. When I paste it to Worksheet 2, A1 I get

=CONCATENATE(SUBSTITUTE(Sheet1!O2," ","."),"@company.com; ")

So why does that only generate "@company.com; "?

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Mar 1, 2009

Is it possible to make a back-reference in a cell formula similar to regular expressions?

Example:

=IF(I15=FALSE, [H17 * INDEX(Percentages,I17+1)], IF(A17="", $1, 0))

...where [ ] indicates the actual reference and $1 indicates the reference number

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Mar 13, 2009

I have a spreadsheet that imports data from a database and into pivot. Several departments use that spreadsheet, but depending on the department, they may want to see e.g. 3, 4 or 5 different fields than other departments.

My spreadsheet also includes a great number of formulas included in a macro, so whenever I get a request to include field X, Y and Z, I end up spending a lot of time adjustning all my formulas to reference the new fields.

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Aug 8, 2007

I am trying to code the following in VBA. Excel Cells have formulae like: '=+BZ165-BZ163-BZ162-BZ160-BZ159-BZ157-BZ153'. Now I want to write code in VBA which will be able to give me the individual cells referenced in this formula: BZ165, BZ163 etc. These names can be stored in individual variables or arrays.

I will then use these for further processing. Note in cases where formula refers to data in another sheet like: '=Projects!P49' or data in another excel like '='C:Documents and SettingshoskopDesktop[Annual.xls]Quarterly'!BA$502': I would like to store the path , file name and sheetname in variables/arrays as well.

Any pointers as to how I should approach this problem?

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Oct 16, 2007

I want to sum A2 to B10. The catch is: I have the letter "A" in cell A1, the number "2" in cell B1, the letter "B" in cell C1, and the number "10" in cell D1. In effect, I want to make a function =SUM("A1B1":"C1D1") such that it gives me =SUM(A2:B10). Hopefully, the answer will work for any function (e.g. SUMIF, COUNT, VLOOKUP, etc).

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Feb 10, 2014

I set up formulas to count text characters in a range of cells. I'm tracking attendance and payments for a small yoga studio.

All I need to do is count "Y"s for prepaid attendance and "DI"s for drop-ins. I have the formulas working but they are absolute so inserting a row will break my sheet.

=COUNTIF(E14:Z14,"*Y*")

=COUNTIF(E11:Z11,"*DI*")

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Nov 25, 2007

It is suppose to be that if the employee is "FT" and has worked >=4 years the return is 15. But if the employee is FT and has worked 2 years but less than 4 years then it is suppose to return 10 (these are days off) Or if the employee is FT and has worked 1 year, but less than 2 then it should return 5 days off. And all the others in the column get no days off.

I have tried to do it with structured references and with cell references I get a column of zeros!

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Apr 21, 2009

In the sheet I am working on I have some numbers that represent todays activity. These numbers are volatile and reset when the date advances. I have a column on another tab that has all the days of the month as F4:F33

The results I want will go in the G4:G33 column.

C2 is Today() to avoid too many Today()s.

Active!J10 is the value I need in the G column.

Basically what I need is the value from Active!J10 to be copied to whichever cell corresponds to the date next to it in the G4:G33 and then stay there when the date advances

The formula I am using for the g range is :

=IF(F24=C2,Active!J10)

=IF(F25=C2,Active!J10)

=IF(F26=C2,Active!J10)

And so on down the column.

I dont mind the FALSES for future dates, but the current one changes to false upon the advancement of the date. Basically, I need a running log of the final numbers going down the G range and for those values to stay there when the date advances.

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Mar 5, 2009

I have a sheet which needs to look up one reference and then fill a table with the rest of them.

EG:

Cell A1 contains '0091 911'!$E$2 (cell E2 contains value 100)

Cell A2 contains =indirect(A1) and displays value 100

I need a formula which will auto fill the remaining cells in the table.

eg:

Cell A3 fills to contain '0091 911'!$E$3 (row +1)

Cell B2 fills to contain '0091 911'!$F$2 (column +1)

so it needs to fill the Indirect reference and not =indirect(A1),=indirect(A2)....

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Mar 12, 2009

I am running a research experiment in triplicate. Upon generation of data for all three, I create an averaged value of the three. I then take this value and do more calculations with it on a separate sheet. I wanted to know if there was a way in which I could quickly generate formulas based on a changing reference cell.

Example Data:

V1A 28

V2A 26

v3A 30

AvA 28

V1B 20

V2B 22

V3B 18

AvB 20

Vxy represents the value of y sample, x triplicate. V1A being sample A, first triplicate. AvX is the average of the three values.

I want to be able to generate a formula that references AvA which can be applied to the cell immediately below to reference AvB. A simple example would be to square the average.

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May 13, 2009

For example things like "=1+A1" or "=A1*B1"

Right now it changes the cells even with Paste Special!

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Sep 6, 2009

Is there a way of getting the cell references in a formula change following a change in the content of a cell in the worksheet?

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Nov 28, 2009

I have a userform that populates a list of names. As a name is added in column "D" column "C" updates a reference number using the formula =IF(D2="","",C1+1). I can get the formula to copy to the spread sheet but as a new name is added the formula stays the same. If I enter a name in cell D2 everything is fine but when I make the next entry in row 3 the same formula is entered as if it were text and not as a formula. so I wind up with a column of formulas that all say =IF(D2="","",C1+1) reguardless of what row the formula is in.

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May 18, 2009

I have a number of Cell names LR0Cost, EX0Cost, IM0cost that hold %

formula might be

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Mar 12, 2012

can Excel do a double if formula by looking at cells and not fixed type info.

EG: I have a % achieved and $ bonus to pay: however the % achieved & the $ bonus to pay information in the cell will change each month

So... I want the formula to say

=IF (look for cell A1 (which has %achieved) and if found use A2 ($bonus) to give me an answer... otherwise false

The second dillema I have is that A1 has 3 ranges from 100-150, 150-200 & 200-300 to calculate with a set % in A2

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Mar 26, 2013

I am working with some fairly long formulas and I am looking for a way to highlight those cells AND work in the document. I know you can click in the cell and it will highlight them, but if you click off the cell the highlights go away. Is there a way to keep them highlighted?

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Jul 2, 2008

I have a "CURRENT MONTH" tab in a workbook; in that Workbook, I have a standard report that pulls Total Revenues from cell C6 of the tab I want to reference.

For example: In my "CURRENT MONTH" tab B6 has the label "CURRENT MONTH REVENUES" C6 has the formula "='May 08'!C6"

Every month I have to change that formula to "='Jun 08'!C6" as an example for June. (it's not just one formula, there are dozens referencing May that I need to change to Jun).

I could do an Edit/Replace, but I'd rather just type in the current month tab name in another cell and have the formulas pulling the data referencing that cell.

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