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    Using a Filename in a cell as part of a formula

    I have a very simple problem it would appear but as a novice Excel user I just don't seem to be able to crack it.

    I have a folder containing hundreds of identical spreadsheets, each with several worksheets.

    I would like to collate them into a summary spreadsheet.

    To do this I thought to have a column containing the filenames of the spreadsheets and alongside this a cell referencing the cell in the corresponding spreadsheet. However, I wanted the formula in this cell to use the filename in the first cell as part of that formula.

    I just can't seem to get that formula right.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Using a Filename in a cell as part of a formula

    Use the =INDIRECT() function.

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    Re: Using a Filename in a cell as part of a formula

    Thanks yudlugar but it doesn't seem to work. To explain further:

    Say I have an open spreadsheet called File1 and I have a value in Cell A1

    In spreadsheet File2 Cell A1 contains the filename File1

    In Cell A2 I want the value of File1 A1 but the formula in this Cell A2 uses the Filename from Cell A1

    Something like ='[DIRECT(A1)]Summary '!A2

    Many thanks

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    Re: Using a Filename in a cell as part of a formula

    Ok, so in File 2 A2:

    =Indirect("'[" & A1 & "]Summary'!A2)

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    Re: Using a Filename in a cell as part of a formula

    I hope it's not me!!!

    I put in =INDIRECT('[" & A4 & "]Summary'!D24) and got a #REF! in C4 the cell I put the formula in.

    A4 is the actual Cell with the file name and D24 the actual cell in the other spreadsheet. Both spreadsheets are in the same folder. I took out the first " as it was coming up as an error.

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    Re: Using a Filename in a cell as part of a formula

    INDIRECT() does not work on closed workbooks

    For something like that, you will need to install the Morefunc add-in
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