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    Variable cell referencing a worksheet

    I have several payroll worksheets that are named for each specific employee's name. For John Doe the sheet is named Doe.J. When I have a new employee, I add a new sheet, copy/paste a template to the new sheet, I type in the guy's name, change the name of the new worksheet to fit the new employee's name, then I put the new employee on a sheet that is a collection of all employees. The new employee goes to the bottom of the list on the collection sheet. In adjacent cells I have a formula that references the cell on each specific employee's own sheet.

    John Doe is at the bottom of the list in cell A25
    In B25 is his hire date.
    In C25 I have the reference =Doe.J!B$17

    Is there a way to do the formula in C25 automatically?

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    Re: Variable cell referencing a worksheet

    Good time of day, MeBeMel!

    How about formula like that? Imagine, that your "John Doe" is being stored in A3 cell.

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    Re: Variable cell referencing a worksheet

    Rioran has done the hard part but I think you need one more step:


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    Re: Variable cell referencing a worksheet

    Quote Originally Posted by 6StringJazzer View Post
    Rioran has done the hard part but I think you need one more step:


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    I get a #REF! error

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    Re: Variable cell referencing a worksheet

    Hello, Jazzer!

    May be, you are trying to convert string to a HyperLink with INDIRECT()? There is another formula for this action, but I don't know how to focus it onto some place INSIDE current file. Your formula returns zero when I test it.

    UPDATE: I understood, you are getting a value from needed cell.
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    Re: Variable cell referencing a worksheet

    Maybe this will help clarify what I am after.

    I've attached a sample file. In cell C4, how do I get it to pick up the information from B17 of Smith.J and do it automatically?
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    Re: Variable cell referencing a worksheet

    Try

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    This will only work if all your worksheets are named using the format [Last Name].[First Name Initial] though

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    Re: Variable cell referencing a worksheet

    Quote Originally Posted by DMTD View Post
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    This will only work if all your worksheets are named using the format [Last Name].[First Name Initial] though

    That works perfectly. Thanks!

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    Re: Variable cell referencing a worksheet

    Excellent

    The other formulas submitted above should work fine too - there was just an extra "." being added to the end of the string (indirect was referring to Doe.J. not Doe.J) and the cell at the end was pointing to A1 not B17 in your timesheet.

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    Re: Variable cell referencing a worksheet

    Does this help?

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