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    Dynamic VLOOKUP wit INDIRECT reference

    Hi,

    I'm trying to get the following to work

    A cell contains a VLOOKUP formula like below
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    and shoud therefore display a value from the 3rd column of the H1table named range.

    But H1table should be dynamic. The name of the range that vlookup should use is in cell L1.
    So I tried
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    but this gives me an error: #REF invalid cell reference and I don't understand why.

    How can I get this to work?

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    Re: Dynamic VLOOKUP wit INDIRECT reference

    Perhaps the table whose name is in L1 is not three columns wide.

    Hope this helps.

    Pete

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    Re: Dynamic VLOOKUP wit INDIRECT reference

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    Re: Dynamic VLOOKUP wit INDIRECT reference

    quiz v8.xlsm

    @Pete, no I think the table format is fine.
    @JBeaucaire, see attached.

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    Re: Dynamic VLOOKUP wit INDIRECT reference

    I think it is because the tables themselves are defined as dynamic using OFFSET - I don't think INDIRECT can work with them as they are two volatile functions.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Dynamic VLOOKUP wit INDIRECT reference

    Just use defined ranges (whole columns)... VLOOKUP is efficient with those.

    So rename your MarketingTable as
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    Re: Dynamic VLOOKUP wit INDIRECT reference

    That is correct, Pete. You cannot INDIRECTly reference a dynamic range.

    Supernova, I see no benefit to the dynamic range definition of the MarkerTable. Redefine that range as A:C on that sheet.





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    Re: Dynamic VLOOKUP wit INDIRECT reference

    Ah yes, that's probably it. Too bad those functions won't play nice together.
    I tried changing the definition of MarkeringTable to something like =Data!$A$1:$C$11
    Now it's giving me #N/A. Did you manage to get it to display a vlookup result, Pete?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBeaucaire View Post
    That is correct, Pete. You cannot INDIRECTly reference a dynamic range.

    Supernova, I see no benefit to the dynamic range definition of the MarkerTable. Redefine that range as A:C on that sheet.





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    Ok, thanks for the clarification. The reason for the dynamic reference is that I want (users to be) able to add more questions to that particular chapter later on. Ofcourse I can define the range as A1:C500 or something like that but it's not as elegant

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    Re: Dynamic VLOOKUP wit INDIRECT reference

    using the whole column references is just as easy for users to add more questions later..... you don't need to define a definite range with VLOOKUP.

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    Re: Dynamic VLOOKUP wit INDIRECT reference

    Quote Originally Posted by supern0va View Post
    I tried changing the definition of MarkeringTable to something like =Data!$A$1:$C$11
    Now it's giving me #N/A. Did you manage to get it to display a vlookup result, Pete
    There is no data in K2, so there is nothing to look up. You can change your formula to this:

    =IF(K2="","",VLOOKUP(K2,INDIRECT(L1), 3, FALSE))

    with L1 containing MarkeringTable, which I have changed to have the following reference:

    ='Markering vaarwater symbolen'!$A:$C

    Hope this helps.

    Pete

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    Re: Dynamic VLOOKUP wit INDIRECT reference

    Hey, that's weird... I posted a thankyou message a while ago but it didn't appear. Anyhow, problem is solved. So again: thank you!

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