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    Nested vlookup function won't work

    I am trying to use the SUM function to total a (horizontal) series of cells, but make the range itself variable. The range represents a series of monthly payments and I want to be able to show the year to date total as at a month that is input / selected by the user (for example the Jan to June running total if "June" is input)

    To do this the second argument in the SUM function needs to be variable. The idea is that this argument is the result of a nested vlookup function which shows the column (not the row) where the range to be summed ends.

    The vlookup function by itself
    =(VLOOKUP($C$3,Range,2,FALSE)&10)
    produces correctly in my case ďF10Ē (C3 is where the user inputs the month in question). I donít want to include the row number (10) in the vlookup table hence the hypersanded addition.

    The problem occurs when I enter this as the second argument in the sum function. Excel says that there is an error and wonít accept it.

    Can anyone tell me what the problem is (is it the hypersand?) and how to overcome it - with or without lateral thinking? Thanks.

    PS Last night my Excel program seems to have morphed into "Excel Starter". Whether or not this has got any bearing on the above I wish I could revert to what it was previously - a "non-starter" for a simpler life.

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    Re: Nested vlookup function won't work

    Excel treats your F10 as a text string not a cell reference, to see it as a cell reference you need INDIRECT function, e.g.

    =INDIRECT(VLOOKUP($C$3,Range,2,FALSE)&10)

    You can use that to return either the value in F10 or the cell reference F10 within another function

    Personally, though, I would look at other ways to do this, possibly involving INDEX or OFFSET functions
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    Re: Nested vlookup function won't work

    Thanks, Thinking back to Lotus 1-2-3 days I suspected that there was an "indirect" way of achieving what I want to do (apart from me getting the ampersand / hypersand terminology right which was probably a contributory factor to the problem ..).
    I will try the INDIRECT function (to return the cell reference, not value) as you suggest. The other solutions might work also but just now I'm not sure how.

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    Smile Re: Nested vlookup function won't work > except "indirectly"

    INDIRECT worked first time like a dream in this instance. Rarely if ever happens in my experience ..

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