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    Structure table and headers like metadata

    Hi Guys,

    i want to have named range Table1_Headers = [Var_Column1, Var_Column2...] - all headers from Table1.

    Var_Column is variable for specific column within table.

    I want to have reference to this specific column but when user will change the name of header- still i should have reference to data in Var_Column1.

    Example:

    Var_Column1 = Data for [Name] column (table column name)
    User changed [Name] to [Surname].
    Var_Column1 = Data for [Surname] column

    And second issue - what if user will change order of column.

    If in the Excel there is some kind of tag which i can add to column or cell?

    Best,
    Jacek

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    Re: Structure table and headers like metadata

    So, if a user changes the name of the column, AND the order of the columns... How do you intend to identify your required column?
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    Re: Structure table and headers like metadata

    Olly,

    i think that i have the answer.

    I can add comment for each header column.
    And now i can change name of column, change order of columns and still comment will be the same!

    And other developers (Java in my company) can have variable set up by comment. And read exact values attached to this!

    Best,
    Jacek

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    Re: Structure table and headers like metadata

    The header row for a table is already effectively a named range (Table1[#Headers]). You can use that with the INDEX function to refer to a specific cell in that range by number.
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    Re: Structure table and headers like metadata

    Hi xlnitwit.

    thank you,

    But if you change the column name you will get error.
    And i need all data wtihin column, not just one cell.

    Best,
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    Why would you get an error? INDEX takes a column number. You can also use INDEX with the entire table to get a whole column.

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    Re: Structure table and headers like metadata

    thank you xlitwit.

    Ok how can i refer to whole column table using index?
    Can you give the example.

    Best,
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    Re: Structure table and headers like metadata

    Okey,

    i found the solution:

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    But with this approach i have a lot of named ranges for each table: for each column i have one named range.
    And this is too much.

    When i have a whole table i can read data by java easily and when i have tagged every header (for example with comment) i can know which cell (based on tag/comment)
    should i assign to specific variable.

    Imagine that with Column1 i have comment: Var1_Column1.
    Even if i change name from Column1 still i will have Var1_Column1 there which i get from comment.

    Best,
    Jacek

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    Re: Structure table and headers like metadata

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    Change the column number (in red) as necessary.

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