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Using INDIRECT to Build and Evaluate Cell References on the Fly
pear for some number of rows, starting in row 7. Each worksheet has a total
for the month in cell D2.
Figure 12.40.
Figure 12.40. Cell D4 dynamically builds a text formula to reference the
Cell D4 dynamically builds a text formula to reference the
previous sheet, and then
previous sheet, and then INDIRECT
INDIRECT evaluates the formula.
evaluates the formula.
In this example, you want to add a year-to-date total in cell D3 on each
worksheet. This is fairly difficult to do without VBA. Many VBA books in-
clude a user-defined function to describe the previous sheet in a workbook.
However, this function fails if you send the workbook to someone who dis-
ables macros on her computer. Instead, you can solve this problem with the
clever use of text functions and the INDIRECT function. To do so, follow
these steps:
11. Select the Jan worksheet.
22. Shift+click the Dec worksheet to put all 12 sheets in Group mode.
33. In cell A1, enter the formula =A7
=A7. This adds the first date as a title
for the worksheet.
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