Referencing another workbook using a variable for the sheet?


D

Doug

=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...
 
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Dave Peterson

The function you'd want to use is =indirect().

But =indirect() won't work if the sending file is closed.

Laurent Longre has an addin (morefunc.xll) at:
http://xcell05.free.fr/
or
http://xcell05.free.fr/morefunc/english/index.htm

That includes =indirect.ext() that may help you.

===
If you have trouble getting to the site, then search google for indirect.ext.

I found this alternative site:
http://download.cnet.com/Morefunc/3000-2077_4-10423159.html

I didn't look to see if it was the most current version.

I'd check the original site every so often to see if it's working.
=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...
 
D

Doug

Thank you very much!
How would I need to type this in? This is what I have and it gives me an
error "A formula in this worksheet contains one or more invalid references."

='C:\Users\The
King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]INDIRECT.EXT([book2.xlsx]sheet1'!C1)'!A1
--
Thank you!


Luke M said:
Unfortunately, no. The closest thing is the INDIRECT function, but its
doesn't work on closed external workbooks. IF you're open to add-ins, take a
look here:
http://www.download.com/Morefunc/3000-2077_4-10423159.html

With the MoreFunc add-in, you can use the INDIRECT.EXT function, which would
allow you to do this.
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Best Regards,

Luke M
Doug said:
=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would
be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to
be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select
the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...


.
 
D

Dave Peterson

You downloaded and installed the morefunc addin, right?

If A3 contains the sheet name (0513 as text!) and that A3 is on the same sheet
as the cell with the formula:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]" & A3 &"'!A1")

if A3 is on a different sheet but the same workbook as the cell with the
formula:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& 'sheet 99'!A3 &"'!A1")

If A3 contains the value 513, you'll need to format the value nicely:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& text('sheet 99'!A3,"0000") &"'!A1")

If A3 contains a date (say May 13, 2010):

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& text('sheet 99'!A3,"mmdd") &"'!A1")

(all untested. watch for typos.)
Thank you very much!
How would I need to type this in? This is what I have and it gives me an
error "A formula in this worksheet contains one or more invalid references."

='C:\Users\The
King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]INDIRECT.EXT([book2.xlsx]sheet1'!C1)'!A1
--
Thank you!

Luke M said:
Unfortunately, no. The closest thing is the INDIRECT function, but its
doesn't work on closed external workbooks. IF you're open to add-ins, take a
look here:
http://www.download.com/Morefunc/3000-2077_4-10423159.html

With the MoreFunc add-in, you can use the INDIRECT.EXT function, which would
allow you to do this.
--
Best Regards,

Luke M
Doug said:
=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would
be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to
be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select
the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...


.
 
D

Doug

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&"text('sheet
1'!A3)"&"'!A1")
I am sorry! It is giving me a #ref! response with the above and if I put
A1",,,,) at the end it gives me #value!
 
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Dave Peterson

What's in A3 of sheet1?

If it's text (like '0513), then use:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& 'sheet1'!A3 &"'!A1")

if it's a number:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& text('Sheet1'!A3,"0000") &"'!A1")

Watch those " marks. Don't surround everything with them!
=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&"text('sheet
1'!A3)"&"'!A1")
I am sorry! It is giving me a #ref! response with the above and if I put
A1",,,,) at the end it gives me #value!

--
Thank you!

Doug said:
=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...
 
D

Doug

I just found that one of my problems is that it is still not reading it when
the workbook is closed, but as soon as I open the workbook it changes
from#REF! to the cell value. I have the add-in installed and the workbook
recognizes the function indirect.ext so I am not sure what the problem could
be?

Any more suggestions?

--
Thank you!


Dave Peterson said:
What's in A3 of sheet1?

If it's text (like '0513), then use:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& 'sheet1'!A3 &"'!A1")

if it's a number:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& text('Sheet1'!A3,"0000") &"'!A1")

Watch those " marks. Don't surround everything with them!
=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&"text('sheet
1'!A3)"&"'!A1")
I am sorry! It is giving me a #ref! response with the above and if I put
A1",,,,) at the end it gives me #value!

--
Thank you!

Doug said:
=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...
 
D

Dave Peterson

Time to share the formula you used and all the values in each of the cells that
that formula uses.


I just found that one of my problems is that it is still not reading it when
the workbook is closed, but as soon as I open the workbook it changes
from#REF! to the cell value. I have the add-in installed and the workbook
recognizes the function indirect.ext so I am not sure what the problem could
be?

Any more suggestions?

--
Thank you!

Dave Peterson said:
What's in A3 of sheet1?

If it's text (like '0513), then use:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& 'sheet1'!A3 &"'!A1")

if it's a number:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& text('Sheet1'!A3,"0000") &"'!A1")

Watch those " marks. Don't surround everything with them!
=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&"text('sheet
1'!A3)"&"'!A1")
I am sorry! It is giving me a #ref! response with the above and if I put
A1",,,,) at the end it gives me #value!

--
Thank you!

:

=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...
 
D

Doug

Ok, I will give you all the details. Thank you for your time and sorry for
the length of this. Let me start over and explain everything...

Here is the formula that I have been using referencing a sheet in my
workbook. These cover an array of R3:DJ504 just to give you an idea how many
lookups I am currently using. These are mostly for # values.
=IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE)),"",VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE))
Now that I am wanting to reference a fetch file instead of a sheet in my
workbook I would like to change this. In cell M1 of my workbook I have a
drop down menu of dates such as "10-May-10" in text format. I am wanting to
figure out the most efficient way to use this as a reference variable to
sheet names in my fetch file. I am hopeful to do this with the fetch file
closed so that I will never need to open it unless I find something doesn't
make sense with the data I am seeing.
I downloaded and installed the add-in for indirect.ext and it was still
giving #Ref! when the book is closed. As a test apart from the formula above,
I tried =INDIRECT("'[test.xlsx]"& Sheet1!A4 &"'!A1") &
=INDIRECT.EXT("'[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1") only difference being ".ext".
They both work with the workbook open, but not closed.
I was reading an article about Harlan's Pull function and am wondering if
this would be a good alternative. It aparently works whether the fetch file
is open or closed and suppose to work with vlookups, but again I can't seem
to figure out how the formula should be structured. Do you have any more
questions to adaquately address my problem? What ever you think is best?

--
Thank you!


Dave Peterson said:
Time to share the formula you used and all the values in each of the cells that
that formula uses.


I just found that one of my problems is that it is still not reading it when
the workbook is closed, but as soon as I open the workbook it changes
from#REF! to the cell value. I have the add-in installed and the workbook
recognizes the function indirect.ext so I am not sure what the problem could
be?

Any more suggestions?

--
Thank you!

Dave Peterson said:
What's in A3 of sheet1?

If it's text (like '0513), then use:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& 'sheet1'!A3 &"'!A1")

if it's a number:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& text('Sheet1'!A3,"0000") &"'!A1")

Watch those " marks. Don't surround everything with them!

Doug wrote:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&"text('sheet
1'!A3)"&"'!A1")
I am sorry! It is giving me a #ref! response with the above and if I put
A1",,,,) at the end it gives me #value!

--
Thank you!

:

=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...
 
D

Dave Peterson

=indirect.ext() will need to know what folder to look in and you didn't include
that in your expression.

I'd try this first:
Open the sending workbook (test.xlsx).
Then select the cell to retrieve
Ctrl-c to copy it

Paste into a cell in the receiving workbook (a test cell is fine).

You should end up with something like:

='[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

Now close that sending workbook and excel will add the path to that formula:

='C:\My Documents\excel\[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

This is the string you're trying to build to put inside the =indirect.ext()
function.

=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]10-May-10'!$A$1")

When you need to change the 10-may-10 portion so that it's retrieved from a
different cell, you'll want to make sure that you retrieve it nicely.

So it that value is really a date:
=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]"
& text(a1,"dd-mmm-yy") & "'!$A$1")

I'm not sure if it's in dmy order and I'm not sure if it should be a 4 character
month (not abbreviated: dd-mmmm-yy



Ok, I will give you all the details. Thank you for your time and sorry for
the length of this. Let me start over and explain everything...

Here is the formula that I have been using referencing a sheet in my
workbook. These cover an array of R3:DJ504 just to give you an idea how many
lookups I am currently using. These are mostly for # values.
=IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE)),"",VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE))
Now that I am wanting to reference a fetch file instead of a sheet in my
workbook I would like to change this. In cell M1 of my workbook I have a
drop down menu of dates such as "10-May-10" in text format. I am wanting to
figure out the most efficient way to use this as a reference variable to
sheet names in my fetch file. I am hopeful to do this with the fetch file
closed so that I will never need to open it unless I find something doesn't
make sense with the data I am seeing.
I downloaded and installed the add-in for indirect.ext and it was still
giving #Ref! when the book is closed. As a test apart from the formula above,
I tried =INDIRECT("'[test.xlsx]"& Sheet1!A4 &"'!A1") &
=INDIRECT.EXT("'[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1") only difference being ".ext".
They both work with the workbook open, but not closed.
I was reading an article about Harlan's Pull function and am wondering if
this would be a good alternative. It aparently works whether the fetch file
is open or closed and suppose to work with vlookups, but again I can't seem
to figure out how the formula should be structured. Do you have any more
questions to adaquately address my problem? What ever you think is best?

--
Thank you!

Dave Peterson said:
Time to share the formula you used and all the values in each of the cells that
that formula uses.


I just found that one of my problems is that it is still not reading it when
the workbook is closed, but as soon as I open the workbook it changes
from#REF! to the cell value. I have the add-in installed and the workbook
recognizes the function indirect.ext so I am not sure what the problem could
be?

Any more suggestions?

--
Thank you!

:

What's in A3 of sheet1?

If it's text (like '0513), then use:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& 'sheet1'!A3 &"'!A1")

if it's a number:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& text('Sheet1'!A3,"0000") &"'!A1")

Watch those " marks. Don't surround everything with them!

Doug wrote:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&"text('sheet
1'!A3)"&"'!A1")
I am sorry! It is giving me a #ref! response with the above and if I put
A1",,,,) at the end it gives me #value!

--
Thank you!

:

=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...
 
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Doug

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1")
This is the path and once I close the sending file, click in the cell of
this formula and enter it goes back to #REF! Doesn't make sense?
--



Dave Peterson said:
=indirect.ext() will need to know what folder to look in and you didn't include
that in your expression.

I'd try this first:
Open the sending workbook (test.xlsx).
Then select the cell to retrieve
Ctrl-c to copy it

Paste into a cell in the receiving workbook (a test cell is fine).

You should end up with something like:

='[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

Now close that sending workbook and excel will add the path to that formula:

='C:\My Documents\excel\[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

This is the string you're trying to build to put inside the =indirect.ext()
function.

=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]10-May-10'!$A$1")

When you need to change the 10-may-10 portion so that it's retrieved from a
different cell, you'll want to make sure that you retrieve it nicely.

So it that value is really a date:
=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]"
& text(a1,"dd-mmm-yy") & "'!$A$1")

I'm not sure if it's in dmy order and I'm not sure if it should be a 4 character
month (not abbreviated: dd-mmmm-yy



Ok, I will give you all the details. Thank you for your time and sorry for
the length of this. Let me start over and explain everything...

Here is the formula that I have been using referencing a sheet in my
workbook. These cover an array of R3:DJ504 just to give you an idea how many
lookups I am currently using. These are mostly for # values.
=IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE)),"",VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE))
Now that I am wanting to reference a fetch file instead of a sheet in my
workbook I would like to change this. In cell M1 of my workbook I have a
drop down menu of dates such as "10-May-10" in text format. I am wanting to
figure out the most efficient way to use this as a reference variable to
sheet names in my fetch file. I am hopeful to do this with the fetch file
closed so that I will never need to open it unless I find something doesn't
make sense with the data I am seeing.
I downloaded and installed the add-in for indirect.ext and it was still
giving #Ref! when the book is closed. As a test apart from the formula above,
I tried =INDIRECT("'[test.xlsx]"& Sheet1!A4 &"'!A1") &
=INDIRECT.EXT("'[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1") only difference being ".ext".
They both work with the workbook open, but not closed.
I was reading an article about Harlan's Pull function and am wondering if
this would be a good alternative. It aparently works whether the fetch file
is open or closed and suppose to work with vlookups, but again I can't seem
to figure out how the formula should be structured. Do you have any more
questions to adaquately address my problem? What ever you think is best?

--
Thank you!

Dave Peterson said:
Time to share the formula you used and all the values in each of the cells that
that formula uses.



Doug wrote:

I just found that one of my problems is that it is still not reading it when
the workbook is closed, but as soon as I open the workbook it changes
from#REF! to the cell value. I have the add-in installed and the workbook
recognizes the function indirect.ext so I am not sure what the problem could
be?

Any more suggestions?

--
Thank you!

:

What's in A3 of sheet1?

If it's text (like '0513), then use:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& 'sheet1'!A3 &"'!A1")

if it's a number:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& text('Sheet1'!A3,"0000") &"'!A1")

Watch those " marks. Don't surround everything with them!

Doug wrote:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&"text('sheet
1'!A3)"&"'!A1")
I am sorry! It is giving me a #ref! response with the above and if I put
A1",,,,) at the end it gives me #value!

--
Thank you!

:

=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...
 
D

Dave Peterson

Create the formula that works when you just retrieve the value from the closed
workbook. I should look something like this:

='C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1

Then you'll have to share what's in Sheet1!a4. Is it a date? Is it text? Or
what?

If it's really a date, did you try adding the =text() function to your
=indirect.ext() expression?


=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1")
This is the path and once I close the sending file, click in the cell of
this formula and enter it goes back to #REF! Doesn't make sense?
--

Dave Peterson said:
=indirect.ext() will need to know what folder to look in and you didn't include
that in your expression.

I'd try this first:
Open the sending workbook (test.xlsx).
Then select the cell to retrieve
Ctrl-c to copy it

Paste into a cell in the receiving workbook (a test cell is fine).

You should end up with something like:

='[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

Now close that sending workbook and excel will add the path to that formula:

='C:\My Documents\excel\[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

This is the string you're trying to build to put inside the =indirect.ext()
function.

=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]10-May-10'!$A$1")

When you need to change the 10-may-10 portion so that it's retrieved from a
different cell, you'll want to make sure that you retrieve it nicely.

So it that value is really a date:
=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]"
& text(a1,"dd-mmm-yy") & "'!$A$1")

I'm not sure if it's in dmy order and I'm not sure if it should be a 4 character
month (not abbreviated: dd-mmmm-yy



Ok, I will give you all the details. Thank you for your time and sorry for
the length of this. Let me start over and explain everything...

Here is the formula that I have been using referencing a sheet in my
workbook. These cover an array of R3:DJ504 just to give you an idea how many
lookups I am currently using. These are mostly for # values.
=IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE)),"",VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE))
Now that I am wanting to reference a fetch file instead of a sheet in my
workbook I would like to change this. In cell M1 of my workbook I have a
drop down menu of dates such as "10-May-10" in text format. I am wanting to
figure out the most efficient way to use this as a reference variable to
sheet names in my fetch file. I am hopeful to do this with the fetch file
closed so that I will never need to open it unless I find something doesn't
make sense with the data I am seeing.
I downloaded and installed the add-in for indirect.ext and it was still
giving #Ref! when the book is closed. As a test apart from the formula above,
I tried =INDIRECT("'[test.xlsx]"& Sheet1!A4 &"'!A1") &
=INDIRECT.EXT("'[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1") only difference being ".ext".
They both work with the workbook open, but not closed.
I was reading an article about Harlan's Pull function and am wondering if
this would be a good alternative. It aparently works whether the fetch file
is open or closed and suppose to work with vlookups, but again I can't seem
to figure out how the formula should be structured. Do you have any more
questions to adaquately address my problem? What ever you think is best?

--
Thank you!

:

Time to share the formula you used and all the values in each of the cells that
that formula uses.



Doug wrote:

I just found that one of my problems is that it is still not reading it when
the workbook is closed, but as soon as I open the workbook it changes
from#REF! to the cell value. I have the add-in installed and the workbook
recognizes the function indirect.ext so I am not sure what the problem could
be?

Any more suggestions?

--
Thank you!

:

What's in A3 of sheet1?

If it's text (like '0513), then use:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& 'sheet1'!A3 &"'!A1")

if it's a number:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& text('Sheet1'!A3,"0000") &"'!A1")

Watch those " marks. Don't surround everything with them!

Doug wrote:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&"text('sheet
1'!A3)"&"'!A1")
I am sorry! It is giving me a #ref! response with the above and if I put
A1",,,,) at the end it gives me #value!

--
Thank you!

:

=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...
 
D

Doug

This is what I tried:
=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The
King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&TEXT(Sheet1!A4,"dd-mmm-yy")&"'!A1")
I tried both number and text formatting in related cells, and it works when
"test" is open but not when closed?
I can send this to you if it would be easier? I don't see any reason for it
not to work myself?
--
Thank you!


Dave Peterson said:
Create the formula that works when you just retrieve the value from the closed
workbook. I should look something like this:

='C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1

Then you'll have to share what's in Sheet1!a4. Is it a date? Is it text? Or
what?

If it's really a date, did you try adding the =text() function to your
=indirect.ext() expression?


=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1")
This is the path and once I close the sending file, click in the cell of
this formula and enter it goes back to #REF! Doesn't make sense?
--

Dave Peterson said:
=indirect.ext() will need to know what folder to look in and you didn't include
that in your expression.

I'd try this first:
Open the sending workbook (test.xlsx).
Then select the cell to retrieve
Ctrl-c to copy it

Paste into a cell in the receiving workbook (a test cell is fine).

You should end up with something like:

='[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

Now close that sending workbook and excel will add the path to that formula:

='C:\My Documents\excel\[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

This is the string you're trying to build to put inside the =indirect.ext()
function.

=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]10-May-10'!$A$1")

When you need to change the 10-may-10 portion so that it's retrieved from a
different cell, you'll want to make sure that you retrieve it nicely.

So it that value is really a date:
=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]"
& text(a1,"dd-mmm-yy") & "'!$A$1")

I'm not sure if it's in dmy order and I'm not sure if it should be a 4 character
month (not abbreviated: dd-mmmm-yy




Doug wrote:

Ok, I will give you all the details. Thank you for your time and sorry for
the length of this. Let me start over and explain everything...

Here is the formula that I have been using referencing a sheet in my
workbook. These cover an array of R3:DJ504 just to give you an idea how many
lookups I am currently using. These are mostly for # values.
=IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE)),"",VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE))
Now that I am wanting to reference a fetch file instead of a sheet in my
workbook I would like to change this. In cell M1 of my workbook I have a
drop down menu of dates such as "10-May-10" in text format. I am wanting to
figure out the most efficient way to use this as a reference variable to
sheet names in my fetch file. I am hopeful to do this with the fetch file
closed so that I will never need to open it unless I find something doesn't
make sense with the data I am seeing.
I downloaded and installed the add-in for indirect.ext and it was still
giving #Ref! when the book is closed. As a test apart from the formula above,
I tried =INDIRECT("'[test.xlsx]"& Sheet1!A4 &"'!A1") &
=INDIRECT.EXT("'[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1") only difference being ".ext".
They both work with the workbook open, but not closed.
I was reading an article about Harlan's Pull function and am wondering if
this would be a good alternative. It aparently works whether the fetch file
is open or closed and suppose to work with vlookups, but again I can't seem
to figure out how the formula should be structured. Do you have any more
questions to adaquately address my problem? What ever you think is best?

--
Thank you!

:

Time to share the formula you used and all the values in each of the cells that
that formula uses.



Doug wrote:

I just found that one of my problems is that it is still not reading it when
the workbook is closed, but as soon as I open the workbook it changes
from#REF! to the cell value. I have the add-in installed and the workbook
recognizes the function indirect.ext so I am not sure what the problem could
be?

Any more suggestions?

--
Thank you!

:

What's in A3 of sheet1?

If it's text (like '0513), then use:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& 'sheet1'!A3 &"'!A1")

if it's a number:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& text('Sheet1'!A3,"0000") &"'!A1")

Watch those " marks. Don't surround everything with them!

Doug wrote:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&"text('sheet
1'!A3)"&"'!A1")
I am sorry! It is giving me a #ref! response with the above and if I put
A1",,,,) at the end it gives me #value!

--
Thank you!

:

=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...
 
D

Dave Peterson

No thanks to the file.

Does:
='C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1
return the correct value?
(assuming that May 10, 2010 is in Sheet1 A4.

what does:
=text(sheet1!a4,"dd-mmm-yy")
return?

What does:
=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1")
return?



This is what I tried:
=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The
King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&TEXT(Sheet1!A4,"dd-mmm-yy")&"'!A1")
I tried both number and text formatting in related cells, and it works when
"test" is open but not when closed?
I can send this to you if it would be easier? I don't see any reason for it
not to work myself?
--
Thank you!

Dave Peterson said:
Create the formula that works when you just retrieve the value from the closed
workbook. I should look something like this:

='C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1

Then you'll have to share what's in Sheet1!a4. Is it a date? Is it text? Or
what?

If it's really a date, did you try adding the =text() function to your
=indirect.ext() expression?


=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1")
This is the path and once I close the sending file, click in the cell of
this formula and enter it goes back to #REF! Doesn't make sense?
--

:

=indirect.ext() will need to know what folder to look in and you didn't include
that in your expression.

I'd try this first:
Open the sending workbook (test.xlsx).
Then select the cell to retrieve
Ctrl-c to copy it

Paste into a cell in the receiving workbook (a test cell is fine).

You should end up with something like:

='[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

Now close that sending workbook and excel will add the path to that formula:

='C:\My Documents\excel\[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

This is the string you're trying to build to put inside the =indirect.ext()
function.

=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]10-May-10'!$A$1")

When you need to change the 10-may-10 portion so that it's retrieved from a
different cell, you'll want to make sure that you retrieve it nicely.

So it that value is really a date:
=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]"
& text(a1,"dd-mmm-yy") & "'!$A$1")

I'm not sure if it's in dmy order and I'm not sure if it should be a 4 character
month (not abbreviated: dd-mmmm-yy




Doug wrote:

Ok, I will give you all the details. Thank you for your time and sorry for
the length of this. Let me start over and explain everything...

Here is the formula that I have been using referencing a sheet in my
workbook. These cover an array of R3:DJ504 just to give you an idea how many
lookups I am currently using. These are mostly for # values.
=IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE)),"",VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE))
Now that I am wanting to reference a fetch file instead of a sheet in my
workbook I would like to change this. In cell M1 of my workbook I have a
drop down menu of dates such as "10-May-10" in text format. I am wanting to
figure out the most efficient way to use this as a reference variable to
sheet names in my fetch file. I am hopeful to do this with the fetch file
closed so that I will never need to open it unless I find something doesn't
make sense with the data I am seeing.
I downloaded and installed the add-in for indirect.ext and it was still
giving #Ref! when the book is closed. As a test apart from the formula above,
I tried =INDIRECT("'[test.xlsx]"& Sheet1!A4 &"'!A1") &
=INDIRECT.EXT("'[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1") only difference being ".ext".
They both work with the workbook open, but not closed.
I was reading an article about Harlan's Pull function and am wondering if
this would be a good alternative. It aparently works whether the fetch file
is open or closed and suppose to work with vlookups, but again I can't seem
to figure out how the formula should be structured. Do you have any more
questions to adaquately address my problem? What ever you think is best?

--
Thank you!

:

Time to share the formula you used and all the values in each of the cells that
that formula uses.



Doug wrote:

I just found that one of my problems is that it is still not reading it when
the workbook is closed, but as soon as I open the workbook it changes
from#REF! to the cell value. I have the add-in installed and the workbook
recognizes the function indirect.ext so I am not sure what the problem could
be?

Any more suggestions?

--
Thank you!

:

What's in A3 of sheet1?

If it's text (like '0513), then use:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& 'sheet1'!A3 &"'!A1")

if it's a number:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& text('Sheet1'!A3,"0000") &"'!A1")

Watch those " marks. Don't surround everything with them!

Doug wrote:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&"text('sheet
1'!A3)"&"'!A1")
I am sorry! It is giving me a #ref! response with the above and if I put
A1",,,,) at the end it gives me #value!

--
Thank you!

:

=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...
 
D

Doug

25 (correct value)
10-May-10
#REF!
Respectively

Dave Peterson said:
No thanks to the file.

Does:
='C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1
return the correct value?
(assuming that May 10, 2010 is in Sheet1 A4.

what does:
=text(sheet1!a4,"dd-mmm-yy")
return?

What does:
=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1")
return?



This is what I tried:
=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The
King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&TEXT(Sheet1!A4,"dd-mmm-yy")&"'!A1")
I tried both number and text formatting in related cells, and it works when
"test" is open but not when closed?
I can send this to you if it would be easier? I don't see any reason for it
not to work myself?
--
Thank you!

Dave Peterson said:
Create the formula that works when you just retrieve the value from the closed
workbook. I should look something like this:

='C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1

Then you'll have to share what's in Sheet1!a4. Is it a date? Is it text? Or
what?

If it's really a date, did you try adding the =text() function to your
=indirect.ext() expression?



Doug wrote:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1")
This is the path and once I close the sending file, click in the cell of
this formula and enter it goes back to #REF! Doesn't make sense?
--

:

=indirect.ext() will need to know what folder to look in and you didn't include
that in your expression.

I'd try this first:
Open the sending workbook (test.xlsx).
Then select the cell to retrieve
Ctrl-c to copy it

Paste into a cell in the receiving workbook (a test cell is fine).

You should end up with something like:

='[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

Now close that sending workbook and excel will add the path to that formula:

='C:\My Documents\excel\[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

This is the string you're trying to build to put inside the =indirect.ext()
function.

=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]10-May-10'!$A$1")

When you need to change the 10-may-10 portion so that it's retrieved from a
different cell, you'll want to make sure that you retrieve it nicely.

So it that value is really a date:
=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]"
& text(a1,"dd-mmm-yy") & "'!$A$1")

I'm not sure if it's in dmy order and I'm not sure if it should be a 4 character
month (not abbreviated: dd-mmmm-yy




Doug wrote:

Ok, I will give you all the details. Thank you for your time and sorry for
the length of this. Let me start over and explain everything...

Here is the formula that I have been using referencing a sheet in my
workbook. These cover an array of R3:DJ504 just to give you an idea how many
lookups I am currently using. These are mostly for # values.
=IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE)),"",VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE))
Now that I am wanting to reference a fetch file instead of a sheet in my
workbook I would like to change this. In cell M1 of my workbook I have a
drop down menu of dates such as "10-May-10" in text format. I am wanting to
figure out the most efficient way to use this as a reference variable to
sheet names in my fetch file. I am hopeful to do this with the fetch file
closed so that I will never need to open it unless I find something doesn't
make sense with the data I am seeing.
I downloaded and installed the add-in for indirect.ext and it was still
giving #Ref! when the book is closed. As a test apart from the formula above,
I tried =INDIRECT("'[test.xlsx]"& Sheet1!A4 &"'!A1") &
=INDIRECT.EXT("'[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1") only difference being ".ext".
They both work with the workbook open, but not closed.
I was reading an article about Harlan's Pull function and am wondering if
this would be a good alternative. It aparently works whether the fetch file
is open or closed and suppose to work with vlookups, but again I can't seem
to figure out how the formula should be structured. Do you have any more
questions to adaquately address my problem? What ever you think is best?

--
Thank you!

:

Time to share the formula you used and all the values in each of the cells that
that formula uses.



Doug wrote:

I just found that one of my problems is that it is still not reading it when
the workbook is closed, but as soon as I open the workbook it changes
from#REF! to the cell value. I have the add-in installed and the workbook
recognizes the function indirect.ext so I am not sure what the problem could
be?

Any more suggestions?

--
Thank you!

:

What's in A3 of sheet1?

If it's text (like '0513), then use:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& 'sheet1'!A3 &"'!A1")

if it's a number:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& text('Sheet1'!A3,"0000") &"'!A1")

Watch those " marks. Don't surround everything with them!

Doug wrote:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&"text('sheet
1'!A3)"&"'!A1")
I am sorry! It is giving me a #ref! response with the above and if I put
A1",,,,) at the end it gives me #value!

--
Thank you!

:

=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...
 
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D

Doug

Still no fix, but here is the results of what you told me to do:

25 (correct value)
10-May-10
#REF!
Respectively

--
Thank you!


Dave Peterson said:
No thanks to the file.

Does:
='C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1
return the correct value?
(assuming that May 10, 2010 is in Sheet1 A4.

what does:
=text(sheet1!a4,"dd-mmm-yy")
return?

What does:
=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1")
return?



This is what I tried:
=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The
King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&TEXT(Sheet1!A4,"dd-mmm-yy")&"'!A1")
I tried both number and text formatting in related cells, and it works when
"test" is open but not when closed?
I can send this to you if it would be easier? I don't see any reason for it
not to work myself?
--
Thank you!

Dave Peterson said:
Create the formula that works when you just retrieve the value from the closed
workbook. I should look something like this:

='C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1

Then you'll have to share what's in Sheet1!a4. Is it a date? Is it text? Or
what?

If it's really a date, did you try adding the =text() function to your
=indirect.ext() expression?



Doug wrote:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1")
This is the path and once I close the sending file, click in the cell of
this formula and enter it goes back to #REF! Doesn't make sense?
--

:

=indirect.ext() will need to know what folder to look in and you didn't include
that in your expression.

I'd try this first:
Open the sending workbook (test.xlsx).
Then select the cell to retrieve
Ctrl-c to copy it

Paste into a cell in the receiving workbook (a test cell is fine).

You should end up with something like:

='[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

Now close that sending workbook and excel will add the path to that formula:

='C:\My Documents\excel\[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

This is the string you're trying to build to put inside the =indirect.ext()
function.

=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]10-May-10'!$A$1")

When you need to change the 10-may-10 portion so that it's retrieved from a
different cell, you'll want to make sure that you retrieve it nicely.

So it that value is really a date:
=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]"
& text(a1,"dd-mmm-yy") & "'!$A$1")

I'm not sure if it's in dmy order and I'm not sure if it should be a 4 character
month (not abbreviated: dd-mmmm-yy




Doug wrote:

Ok, I will give you all the details. Thank you for your time and sorry for
the length of this. Let me start over and explain everything...

Here is the formula that I have been using referencing a sheet in my
workbook. These cover an array of R3:DJ504 just to give you an idea how many
lookups I am currently using. These are mostly for # values.
=IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE)),"",VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE))
Now that I am wanting to reference a fetch file instead of a sheet in my
workbook I would like to change this. In cell M1 of my workbook I have a
drop down menu of dates such as "10-May-10" in text format. I am wanting to
figure out the most efficient way to use this as a reference variable to
sheet names in my fetch file. I am hopeful to do this with the fetch file
closed so that I will never need to open it unless I find something doesn't
make sense with the data I am seeing.
I downloaded and installed the add-in for indirect.ext and it was still
giving #Ref! when the book is closed. As a test apart from the formula above,
I tried =INDIRECT("'[test.xlsx]"& Sheet1!A4 &"'!A1") &
=INDIRECT.EXT("'[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1") only difference being ".ext".
They both work with the workbook open, but not closed.
I was reading an article about Harlan's Pull function and am wondering if
this would be a good alternative. It aparently works whether the fetch file
is open or closed and suppose to work with vlookups, but again I can't seem
to figure out how the formula should be structured. Do you have any more
questions to adaquately address my problem? What ever you think is best?

--
Thank you!

:

Time to share the formula you used and all the values in each of the cells that
that formula uses.



Doug wrote:

I just found that one of my problems is that it is still not reading it when
the workbook is closed, but as soon as I open the workbook it changes
from#REF! to the cell value. I have the add-in installed and the workbook
recognizes the function indirect.ext so I am not sure what the problem could
be?

Any more suggestions?

--
Thank you!

:

What's in A3 of sheet1?

If it's text (like '0513), then use:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& 'sheet1'!A3 &"'!A1")

if it's a number:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& text('Sheet1'!A3,"0000") &"'!A1")

Watch those " marks. Don't surround everything with them!

Doug wrote:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&"text('sheet
1'!A3)"&"'!A1")
I am sorry! It is giving me a #ref! response with the above and if I put
A1",,,,) at the end it gives me #value!

--
Thank you!

:

=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...
 
D

Dave Peterson

If this:
=text(sheet1!a4,"dd-mmm-yy")
returns a reference error, then there's a good chance you don't have a sheet
named Sheet1.

Maybe this has been a typo all along?????
25 (correct value)
10-May-10
#REF!
Respectively

Dave Peterson said:
No thanks to the file.

Does:
='C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1
return the correct value?
(assuming that May 10, 2010 is in Sheet1 A4.

what does:
=text(sheet1!a4,"dd-mmm-yy")
return?

What does:
=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1")
return?



This is what I tried:
=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The
King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&TEXT(Sheet1!A4,"dd-mmm-yy")&"'!A1")
I tried both number and text formatting in related cells, and it works when
"test" is open but not when closed?
I can send this to you if it would be easier? I don't see any reason for it
not to work myself?
--
Thank you!

:

Create the formula that works when you just retrieve the value from the closed
workbook. I should look something like this:

='C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1

Then you'll have to share what's in Sheet1!a4. Is it a date? Is it text? Or
what?

If it's really a date, did you try adding the =text() function to your
=indirect.ext() expression?



Doug wrote:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1")
This is the path and once I close the sending file, click in the cell of
this formula and enter it goes back to #REF! Doesn't make sense?
--

:

=indirect.ext() will need to know what folder to look in and you didn't include
that in your expression.

I'd try this first:
Open the sending workbook (test.xlsx).
Then select the cell to retrieve
Ctrl-c to copy it

Paste into a cell in the receiving workbook (a test cell is fine).

You should end up with something like:

='[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

Now close that sending workbook and excel will add the path to that formula:

='C:\My Documents\excel\[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

This is the string you're trying to build to put inside the =indirect.ext()
function.

=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]10-May-10'!$A$1")

When you need to change the 10-may-10 portion so that it's retrieved from a
different cell, you'll want to make sure that you retrieve it nicely.

So it that value is really a date:
=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]"
& text(a1,"dd-mmm-yy") & "'!$A$1")

I'm not sure if it's in dmy order and I'm not sure if it should be a 4 character
month (not abbreviated: dd-mmmm-yy




Doug wrote:

Ok, I will give you all the details. Thank you for your time and sorry for
the length of this. Let me start over and explain everything...

Here is the formula that I have been using referencing a sheet in my
workbook. These cover an array of R3:DJ504 just to give you an idea how many
lookups I am currently using. These are mostly for # values.
=IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE)),"",VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE))
Now that I am wanting to reference a fetch file instead of a sheet in my
workbook I would like to change this. In cell M1 of my workbook I have a
drop down menu of dates such as "10-May-10" in text format. I am wanting to
figure out the most efficient way to use this as a reference variable to
sheet names in my fetch file. I am hopeful to do this with the fetch file
closed so that I will never need to open it unless I find something doesn't
make sense with the data I am seeing.
I downloaded and installed the add-in for indirect.ext and it was still
giving #Ref! when the book is closed. As a test apart from the formula above,
I tried =INDIRECT("'[test.xlsx]"& Sheet1!A4 &"'!A1") &
=INDIRECT.EXT("'[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1") only difference being ".ext".
They both work with the workbook open, but not closed.
I was reading an article about Harlan's Pull function and am wondering if
this would be a good alternative. It aparently works whether the fetch file
is open or closed and suppose to work with vlookups, but again I can't seem
to figure out how the formula should be structured. Do you have any more
questions to adaquately address my problem? What ever you think is best?

--
Thank you!

:

Time to share the formula you used and all the values in each of the cells that
that formula uses.



Doug wrote:

I just found that one of my problems is that it is still not reading it when
the workbook is closed, but as soon as I open the workbook it changes
from#REF! to the cell value. I have the add-in installed and the workbook
recognizes the function indirect.ext so I am not sure what the problem could
be?

Any more suggestions?

--
Thank you!

:

What's in A3 of sheet1?

If it's text (like '0513), then use:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& 'sheet1'!A3 &"'!A1")

if it's a number:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& text('Sheet1'!A3,"0000") &"'!A1")

Watch those " marks. Don't surround everything with them!

Doug wrote:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&"text('sheet
1'!A3)"&"'!A1")
I am sorry! It is giving me a #ref! response with the above and if I put
A1",,,,) at the end it gives me #value!

--
Thank you!

:

=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...

--
Thank you!

--

Dave Peterson
.
 
D

Doug

It returned 10-May-10
This is crazy...

Dave Peterson said:
If this:
=text(sheet1!a4,"dd-mmm-yy")
returns a reference error, then there's a good chance you don't have a sheet
named Sheet1.

Maybe this has been a typo all along?????
25 (correct value)
10-May-10
#REF!
Respectively

Dave Peterson said:
No thanks to the file.

Does:
='C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1
return the correct value?
(assuming that May 10, 2010 is in Sheet1 A4.

what does:
=text(sheet1!a4,"dd-mmm-yy")
return?

What does:
=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1")
return?




Doug wrote:

This is what I tried:
=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The
King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&TEXT(Sheet1!A4,"dd-mmm-yy")&"'!A1")
I tried both number and text formatting in related cells, and it works when
"test" is open but not when closed?
I can send this to you if it would be easier? I don't see any reason for it
not to work myself?
--
Thank you!

:

Create the formula that works when you just retrieve the value from the closed
workbook. I should look something like this:

='C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1

Then you'll have to share what's in Sheet1!a4. Is it a date? Is it text? Or
what?

If it's really a date, did you try adding the =text() function to your
=indirect.ext() expression?



Doug wrote:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1")
This is the path and once I close the sending file, click in the cell of
this formula and enter it goes back to #REF! Doesn't make sense?
--

:

=indirect.ext() will need to know what folder to look in and you didn't include
that in your expression.

I'd try this first:
Open the sending workbook (test.xlsx).
Then select the cell to retrieve
Ctrl-c to copy it

Paste into a cell in the receiving workbook (a test cell is fine).

You should end up with something like:

='[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

Now close that sending workbook and excel will add the path to that formula:

='C:\My Documents\excel\[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

This is the string you're trying to build to put inside the =indirect.ext()
function.

=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]10-May-10'!$A$1")

When you need to change the 10-may-10 portion so that it's retrieved from a
different cell, you'll want to make sure that you retrieve it nicely.

So it that value is really a date:
=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]"
& text(a1,"dd-mmm-yy") & "'!$A$1")

I'm not sure if it's in dmy order and I'm not sure if it should be a 4 character
month (not abbreviated: dd-mmmm-yy




Doug wrote:

Ok, I will give you all the details. Thank you for your time and sorry for
the length of this. Let me start over and explain everything...

Here is the formula that I have been using referencing a sheet in my
workbook. These cover an array of R3:DJ504 just to give you an idea how many
lookups I am currently using. These are mostly for # values.
=IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE)),"",VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE))
Now that I am wanting to reference a fetch file instead of a sheet in my
workbook I would like to change this. In cell M1 of my workbook I have a
drop down menu of dates such as "10-May-10" in text format. I am wanting to
figure out the most efficient way to use this as a reference variable to
sheet names in my fetch file. I am hopeful to do this with the fetch file
closed so that I will never need to open it unless I find something doesn't
make sense with the data I am seeing.
I downloaded and installed the add-in for indirect.ext and it was still
giving #Ref! when the book is closed. As a test apart from the formula above,
I tried =INDIRECT("'[test.xlsx]"& Sheet1!A4 &"'!A1") &
=INDIRECT.EXT("'[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1") only difference being ".ext".
They both work with the workbook open, but not closed.
I was reading an article about Harlan's Pull function and am wondering if
this would be a good alternative. It aparently works whether the fetch file
is open or closed and suppose to work with vlookups, but again I can't seem
to figure out how the formula should be structured. Do you have any more
questions to adaquately address my problem? What ever you think is best?

--
Thank you!

:

Time to share the formula you used and all the values in each of the cells that
that formula uses.



Doug wrote:

I just found that one of my problems is that it is still not reading it when
the workbook is closed, but as soon as I open the workbook it changes
from#REF! to the cell value. I have the add-in installed and the workbook
recognizes the function indirect.ext so I am not sure what the problem could
be?

Any more suggestions?

--
Thank you!

:

What's in A3 of sheet1?

If it's text (like '0513), then use:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& 'sheet1'!A3 &"'!A1")

if it's a number:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& text('Sheet1'!A3,"0000") &"'!A1")

Watch those " marks. Don't surround everything with them!

Doug wrote:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&"text('sheet
1'!A3)"&"'!A1")
I am sorry! It is giving me a #ref! response with the above and if I put
A1",,,,) at the end it gives me #value!

--
Thank you!

:

=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...
 
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D

Dave Peterson

I'm out of guesses.

Sorry.
It returned 10-May-10
This is crazy...

Dave Peterson said:
If this:
=text(sheet1!a4,"dd-mmm-yy")
returns a reference error, then there's a good chance you don't have a sheet
named Sheet1.

Maybe this has been a typo all along?????
25 (correct value)
10-May-10
#REF!
Respectively

:

No thanks to the file.

Does:
='C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1
return the correct value?
(assuming that May 10, 2010 is in Sheet1 A4.

what does:
=text(sheet1!a4,"dd-mmm-yy")
return?

What does:
=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1")
return?




Doug wrote:

This is what I tried:
=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The
King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&TEXT(Sheet1!A4,"dd-mmm-yy")&"'!A1")
I tried both number and text formatting in related cells, and it works when
"test" is open but not when closed?
I can send this to you if it would be easier? I don't see any reason for it
not to work myself?
--
Thank you!

:

Create the formula that works when you just retrieve the value from the closed
workbook. I should look something like this:

='C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]10-may-10'!A1

Then you'll have to share what's in Sheet1!a4. Is it a date? Is it text? Or
what?

If it's really a date, did you try adding the =text() function to your
=indirect.ext() expression?



Doug wrote:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1")
This is the path and once I close the sending file, click in the cell of
this formula and enter it goes back to #REF! Doesn't make sense?
--

:

=indirect.ext() will need to know what folder to look in and you didn't include
that in your expression.

I'd try this first:
Open the sending workbook (test.xlsx).
Then select the cell to retrieve
Ctrl-c to copy it

Paste into a cell in the receiving workbook (a test cell is fine).

You should end up with something like:

='[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

Now close that sending workbook and excel will add the path to that formula:

='C:\My Documents\excel\[book1.xls]Sheet1'!$A$1

This is the string you're trying to build to put inside the =indirect.ext()
function.

=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]10-May-10'!$A$1")

When you need to change the 10-may-10 portion so that it's retrieved from a
different cell, you'll want to make sure that you retrieve it nicely.

So it that value is really a date:
=indirect.ext("'C:\My Documents\excel\[test.xlsx]"
& text(a1,"dd-mmm-yy") & "'!$A$1")

I'm not sure if it's in dmy order and I'm not sure if it should be a 4 character
month (not abbreviated: dd-mmmm-yy




Doug wrote:

Ok, I will give you all the details. Thank you for your time and sorry for
the length of this. Let me start over and explain everything...

Here is the formula that I have been using referencing a sheet in my
workbook. These cover an array of R3:DJ504 just to give you an idea how many
lookups I am currently using. These are mostly for # values.
=IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE)),"",VLOOKUP(O3,Import!P:CB,18,FALSE))
Now that I am wanting to reference a fetch file instead of a sheet in my
workbook I would like to change this. In cell M1 of my workbook I have a
drop down menu of dates such as "10-May-10" in text format. I am wanting to
figure out the most efficient way to use this as a reference variable to
sheet names in my fetch file. I am hopeful to do this with the fetch file
closed so that I will never need to open it unless I find something doesn't
make sense with the data I am seeing.
I downloaded and installed the add-in for indirect.ext and it was still
giving #Ref! when the book is closed. As a test apart from the formula above,
I tried =INDIRECT("'[test.xlsx]"& Sheet1!A4 &"'!A1") &
=INDIRECT.EXT("'[test.xlsx]"&Sheet1!A4&"'!A1") only difference being ".ext".
They both work with the workbook open, but not closed.
I was reading an article about Harlan's Pull function and am wondering if
this would be a good alternative. It aparently works whether the fetch file
is open or closed and suppose to work with vlookups, but again I can't seem
to figure out how the formula should be structured. Do you have any more
questions to adaquately address my problem? What ever you think is best?

--
Thank you!

:

Time to share the formula you used and all the values in each of the cells that
that formula uses.



Doug wrote:

I just found that one of my problems is that it is still not reading it when
the workbook is closed, but as soon as I open the workbook it changes
from#REF! to the cell value. I have the add-in installed and the workbook
recognizes the function indirect.ext so I am not sure what the problem could
be?

Any more suggestions?

--
Thank you!

:

What's in A3 of sheet1?

If it's text (like '0513), then use:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& 'sheet1'!A3 &"'!A1")

if it's a number:

=indirect.ext("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"
& text('Sheet1'!A3,"0000") &"'!A1")

Watch those " marks. Don't surround everything with them!

Doug wrote:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'C:\Users\The King''s\Desktop\[test.xlsx]"&"text('sheet
1'!A3)"&"'!A1")
I am sorry! It is giving me a #ref! response with the above and if I put
A1",,,,) at the end it gives me #value!

--
Thank you!

:

=[test.xls]sheet1!A1

Is it possible to make the "sheet1" portion of this formula tied to a cell
in the destination workbook so that if I type "sheet2" in cell A3 of my
destination sheet, it will show what is in cell A1 of =[test.xls]sheet2!A1

What I am trying to do is make all the references in my workbook dependent
on what sheet# I have typed into cell A3. Up till now I have been fetching
all the data based on a 4 digit date format such as "0513". "0513" would be
the name of a sheet that was saved with data for may 13th. My hope is to be
able to type 0513 into cell A3 and have it reference the data. Can this be
done or is there a better way?

Also I noticed that in order to update the formula cell I have to select the
test workbook in the dialog box each time. Is there a way to make this a
constant reference instead of having to ok it? Hopefully without having to
open the reference workbook each time either?

I am rather new to this...

--
Thank you!

--

Dave Peterson
.


--

Dave Peterson
.
 
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