# How can I reference a worksheet in a formula based on a cell value

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#### JZinGA

Row 1 contains labels / headings:

A B C
Sheet 1 Sheet 2 Sheet 3, etc.

In row 2, part of the formula will look to a cell on the worksheet that
corresponds to the heading. For example, "='Sheet 1'!A3+'Sheet 1'!A5"

I'd like to "insert" the reference to the worksheet by referencing the cell
in row 1. I think there must be an easy way to do it, and it would save me a
lot of time.

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#### Teethless mama

=INDIRECT(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",)&"!A3")+INDIRECT(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",)&"!A5")

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#### David K.

Here's the formula for B1:
=INDIRECT("'"&A\$1&"'!\$A\$3")+INDIRECT("'"&A\$1&"'!\$A\$5")
Here's another hint:
Somewhere on each sheet (say in cell A10) place this formula to return the
Sheet Name.
=MID(CELL("filename",A1),FIND("]",CELL("filename",A1))+1,255)
Then, on your lookup sheet, on row one, use a reference formula to point to
A10 on each sheet.
For example A1 would be ='Sheet1'!\$A\$10
This way, if a sheet name changes all the formulae will update
automatically.

Hope this helps.