Invalid Reference Error on INDEX MATCH to image

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Mar 6, 2018
Greetings all!

I am a new member to MrExcel Discussion Boards, but have relied on your wisdom for years. Unfortunately, I came across an issue that I cannot find a solution to, and I have tried searching everywhere for an explanation. I will try explaining as best as I can, please let me know if you have any follow-up questions.

Note: The information used is for work, and as such I am limited in my capacity to link documents. I also cannot post screenshots, because it says I'm limited in that way in my posting permissions.

I am trying to use an INDEX MATCH function to pull an agent's profile picture into an Coaching sheet, but when I reach the final step listed in every post/video I've seen I receive this error

:eek: Microsoft Excel: Reference is NOT valid!

Here are the steps I've followed to attempt this:
  1. Created dropdown list of agent's names using data validation
    • I can confirm this works, because my other INDEX match function successfully pulls their monthly metrics correctly
  2. Increase height of rows where agent's name and other info is listed, inserted default profile picture for testing within each agents Employee Picture Column.
    • Ensured pictures do NOT extend beyond borders of the cell!
  3. Create INDEX MATCH formula to reference the agent's name with the column their profile pic is in.
    • =INDEX(EmployeeRoles[[FootPrints Name]:[Employee Picture]],MATCH(AgentName,EmployeeRoles[FootPrints Name],0),6)
      • Links are relative, sheets data formatted as tables
      • Tested to ensure it worked, by placing a test value in the cell. Confirmed it pulled the test value!
  4. Move INDEX MATCH formula into Name Manager, titled ProfilePic, reference is formula
  5. Created image to be changed, on the coaching sheet
    • Tried the following methods of this, based on different methods found in forums/videos
      • Created BitMap image (from Insert tab -> Object)
      • Copied the cell underneath a profile picture, then pasted special as linked Picture
      • Copied an agent's profile picture and pasted it into the coaching sheet
  6. Click the image (various types attempted), change formula to name used in naming manager =ProfilePic
    • ERROR MESSAGE = :eek: Microsoft Excel: Reference is NOT valid!
    • :eek:

I cannot figure out what I'm doing wrong. I know the INDEX MATCH formula works, it's been tested multiple times and returns values placed in the cells. I've tried inserting pictures different ways. I've confirmed the correct Name used from Name Manager.

Any ideas?


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