excel formula expert help needed

holdend

New Member
i have some formulas with feeds to other sheets, e.g.

='J:\SHARED\New Ops MI\Pilot Team\jeff barton\[dec.xls]1st'!\$K\$8

what i need is to be able to make part of the look up address variable

my attempt was:

='J:\SHARED\New Ops MI\Pilot Team\"(value,B50)"\[dec.xls]1st'!\$K\$8

then cell B50 would read "Jeff Barton", to complete the formula

any of you experts know if this is possible ?

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fairwinds

MrExcel MVP
Welcome to the board!

You could try:

=INDIRECT.EXT("'J:\SHARED\New Ops MI\Pilot Team\"&B50&"\[dec.xls]1st'!\$K\$8")

This formula is a part of an add.in called MOREFUNC that you first need to download from here:

http://xcell05.free.fr/english/index.html

GlennUK

Well-known Member
You'll need the free add-in from Laurent Longre, called MOREFUNC.

This has a function called INDIRECT.EXT ( see description for the function here :
http://xcell05.free.fr/
)
which can link to a cell in a closed workbook, by using a string ( i.e. a string that you could create using the contents of cell B50 ).

http://xcell05.free.fr/
and find the MOREFUNC section.

A string could be contructed like this:
Code:
``="'J:\SHARED\New Ops MI\Pilot Team\"&B50&"\[dec.xls]1st'!\$K\$8"``

holdend

New Member
="'J:\SHARED\New Ops MI\Pilot Team\"&B50&"\[dec.xls]1st'!\$K\$8" wont work, but thanks anyway

im at work running excel 97, and cant download anything, just need a formula if it is possible, thanks to all who have tried to help me

GlennUK

Well-known Member
Of course that formula won't work ... I said that the string needs to go into the INDIRECT.EXT function call. No formula solution is available ... you need to write VBA to do this.

fairwinds

MrExcel MVP
If you check out my second link, you do not need to download anything, you just copy the code from the post and paste it in VB editor and then use it as a normal formula.

What you ask for cannot be done with any native Excel formula.

Oaktree

MrExcel MVP
If you don't mind having the target her file open, you could use:

Code:
``=INDIRECT("'J:\SHARED\New Ops MI\Pilot Team\"&B50&"\[dec.xls]1st'!\$K\$8")``

Note that if the target file is not open, you'll get #REF! errors, hence the suggestions of INDIRECT.EXT above...

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