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    External link update error: require the source file to open

    Dear all,

    I have a file which has external links. I tried to make the named ranges in the source file as:

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    But this caused a problem: OFFSET does not support this, as it required the source file to be opened first before data from the named range can be fetched into a new file.

    Then I searched online which said the INDEX function can overcome this problem. I tried again as this:

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    But this still showed error for the externally linked data if the source file is not opened first.

    Is there anyway to get this to work?
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    Re: External link update error: require the source file to open

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    You cant do that even if the file was open.
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    Re: External link update error: require the source file to open

    My question is: if the named range is defined with OFFSET or INDEX in the source file, then every time the source file has to be opened before data can be fetched from these named ranges. That is my question. Is there a way to avoid having to open the source file?

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    Re: External link update error: require the source file to open

    Short answer is no, you'll either have to open the source file manually or open/update/close silently with VBA.
    Design everything to be as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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    Re: External link update error: require the source file to open

    Basically for my case, the original named ranges in the source file are defined like: =Sheet1!$A$6:$A$1000. Let's call this: TickerID.

    Now if I simply link to this file, it is fine. But later someone mistakenly deleted some rows at the bottom area of this named range, and the range referred to will become something like =Sheet1!$A$6:$A$123.

    Now my file will have error because the original named range has been changed.

    For this reason, I wanted to use some static range like: =OFFSET(Sheet1!$A$6,0,0,1000,1), or =Sheet1!$A$6:INDEX(Sheet1!$A:$A,1000). But now I have to manually open the source file before data can be fetched.

    So there is really no way to get around this?

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    Re: External link update error: require the source file to open

    Does anyone have an idea? I cannot believe Excel cannot handle this.

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    Re: External link update error: require the source file to open

    Sorry, there is no way around it. Even some complicated SUMIFS etc. start requiring you to open the source file to get the data. I encounter this all the time.

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    Re: External link update error: require the source file to open

    Many thanks, Stormin. I totally give up now. Shame Excel cannot handle this case which should be simple really.

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