# Excel cell address from cell contents

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#### TQuestar

After years with Quattro Pro, I'm diving into Excel 2007. One conversion
problem involves INDIRECT as a substitute for QPro's @@ function.

Suppose a workbook with a SUMMARY sheet (tab) and a 1989 sheet

In SUMMARY, cell A4 has the value 1989, and
cell A41 is a string from A4's value (QPro) or just a value reference (=a4)
in Excel

In B41 I want the value in cell C18 of sheet 1989

In Qpro I have:
@@(cell("contents",\$A41)&":\$c\$18")
In Excel I have:
=INDIRECT(CELL("contents",\$A41)&"!"&"\$c\$18)

Question: Is this the most efficient way in Excel to get the results I want
in B41? I want to be able to enter any sheet name (e.g. 1989) in A4, and have
B41 read c18 of sheet 1989.

I hope I have been clear.

Also, following this same example, suppose the source cell I want is not
always c18. Can I name a cell in each sheet (1989, 1990 ...) with the same
name, and then use it in the formula put in B17 of the SUMMARY? I don't think
so.

Thanks for any advice, as I use this sort of reference in a lot of my
workbooks.

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#### Dave Peterson

Maybe...

=indirect("'"&a41&"'!c18")

And yes, you can use a formula like:

='1989'!myCell
='1990'!myCell

I named the cell on each sheet "myCell"
Names in Workbook: '1990'!myCell
refers to: ='1990'!\$A\$1

You'll want to make sure that you use a local/worksheet level name (not
global/workbook level).

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#### Dave Peterson

You'll want to make sure that you use a local/worksheet level name (not
global/workbook level).

And to do that, you specify it in the "Names in Workbook" textbox.

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#### TQuestar

Thanks for your quick response, Dave.

Dave Peterson said:
Maybe...

=indirect("'"&a41&"'!c18")

It appears that the single quotes can be eliminated, leaving this:
=indirect(""&a41&"!c18")

This works, but I'm unclear why the outer (i.e. 1st and last) quotes are
required. This is certainly an improvement on my method! Thanks.

And yes, you can use a formula like:

='1989'!myCell
='1990'!myCell

I named the cell on each sheet "myCell"
Names in Workbook: '1990'!myCell
refers to: ='1990'!\$A\$1

You'll want to make sure that you use a local/worksheet level name (not
global/workbook level).
Perfect. Thanks for the clear explanation of the local vs global name use. I
was only aware of global names before reading this.

Finally, a minor question. All the workbooks that I have exported from
Quattro Pro x4 into xls files lack grid lines when opened in Excel 2007, and
when I go >View > Show/Hide > Gridlines, the gridline box is checked. I can
save the file in Excel into a newly named xls or xlsx file, but still no
gridlines. Do you know a workaround?

TQ
PS-I really appreciate your help, and though I'm going to be away for a few
days, you may be sure that I will read any response with interest and thanks.