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Concatenating cells to produce a cell range text string that can then be summed

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    Thumbs up Concatenating cells to produce a cell range text string that can then be summed

    Hello. I'm a casual user with Microsoft 365, and this is strictly for my own personal leisure use.

    I have 3 individual cells for manual input, 1 letter and two numerals, and then 1 cell for output, and one cell for final result. I'm concatenating the first three, to produce a string in the 4th cell that represents a cell range.

    I'll be using the input cells for a column, a start row, and an end row, and I have a concat formula in the output cell. Then I have several columns of numerals in columns A, B, and C from rows 101 to 500.

    By using the following formula: =+concat(a1, b1, ":", a1, c1)

    I'm able to produce the text string that represents my desired cell range.

    For instance, if I input the letter a into A1, the number 101 into B1, and the number 500 into C1, I get the following text string a101:a500
    If I input C, 230, and 489 into the three cells, it will then produce the text string c230:c489

    Then I want to take that text string from the output cell, and do a sum on the cell range that it represents, and that's where I'm getting stuck. It has to be something easy that I'm missing. The cell range needs to be a value, in order to use the sum formula, right? So I guess all I should need to do is to convert the text string I generated into a value. But I'm at a loss on that one.

    Thanks in advance for any insight anyone has for this.
    Last edited by mikiek20001; 01-15-2022 at 02:13 PM.

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    Re: Concatenating cells to produce a cell range text string that can then be summed

    Try this

    =SUM(INDIRECT(CONCATENATE(A1,B1,":",A1,C1)))

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    Re: Concatenating cells to produce a cell range text string that can then be summed

    That is a winner, thank you so much. I knew I was on the right track, but I didn't have any clue about the INDIRECT function.

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