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Structured reference to external data table gives '#REF' when source file is closed

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    Structured reference to external data table gives '#REF' when source file is closed

    Does anyone know a workaround for the problem of a structured reference to an external data table returning '#REF', when the source file is closed?

    Other than a) open the source file or b) replace with standard (relative or absolute) references.

    A Microsoft article on the problem can be found here.
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    Re: Structured reference to external data table gives '#REF' when source file is closed

    The reference that you supplied says it all. The source is REQUIRED to be open or you will get the error.

    There may be a VBA solution that can retrieve the data. Perhaps someone with VBA experience can answer.
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