Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Creating Multisheet Names
6. Press Shift and click the sheet tab for Sheet3.
At this point the Refers To field contains:
=’Sheet!Sheet3’!
7. Select the range A1:C3 in Sheet1 (which is still the active sheet).
The following appears in the Refers To field:
=’Sheet1:Sheet3’!$A$1:$C$3
8. Because the Refers To field now has the correct multisheet range address, click OK to
close the New Name dialog box.
After you define the name, you can use it in your formulas. For example, the following formula
returns the sum of the values in the range named DataCube:
=SUM(DataCube)
Multisheet names do not appear in the Name box or in the Go To dialog box (which
appears when you choose Home
Find & Select & Go To). In other words,
Excel enables you to define the name, but it doesn’t give you a way to automatically
select the cells to which the name refers. However, multisheet names do appear in the
Formula AutoComplete drop-down list that appears when you type a formula.
Editing
If you insert a new worksheet into a workbook that uses multisheet names, the multisheet names
include the new worksheet — as long as the sheet resides between the first and last sheet in the
name’s definition. In the preceding example, a worksheet inserted between Sheet1 and Sheet2
will be included in the DataCube range. However, a worksheet inserted before Sheet1 or after
Sheet3 will not be included.
If you delete the first or last sheet included in a multisheet name, Excel changes the name’s range
in the Refers To field automatically. In the preceding example, deleting Sheet1 causes the Refers
To range of DataCube to change to
=’Sheet2:Sheet3’!$A$1:$C$3
Multisheet names should always be workbook level in scope. Multisheet names that are
worksheet level will work properly but will display an error in the Name Manager dialog box.
 
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