Linking in Other Workbooks and Sheets

jweese74

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Good afternoon marvelous folks at Mr.Excel forums!

Our organization tracks budget data for our many departments in Workbooks, each workbook is the same format. The data in cell A1 in workbook "Bob's Family", sheet "Bob's Uncle" is the same type of data in the workbook named "Sally's Cow" in the sheet "Calf Brothers". Obviously, just an example.

This worked wonderfully in the beginning when we only had a need for four or five workbooks - and still works well for our front-line managers who only need to see 1 or 2 workbooks but now that we've grown quite large with a couple hundred workbooks and each workbook containing one to several worksheets; viewing the data has become cumbersome so a summary workbook was created last year as a "one off" to link to specific cells in each workbook (for example, a row that reports all the data in cell A1 for each workbook). So our finance department can view the data in all the departments in one place.

Obviously - this is terrible, can you imagine? All the manual editing and linking?

Does anyone have a better, or easier solution?

I was hoping to be able to specify a Workbook name in a cell, then a worksheet name in a cell - and since the data is in the same location in all workbooks and worksheets, the formula would just reach out and grab the information.

Please, tell me it is possible - and, of course, how to do it :)

Have a fantastic day!
 

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Rijnsent

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Hi there,
you mean something like this (using the INDIRECT formula): Excel formula: Dynamic workbook reference | Exceljet ? With 100+ workbooks you might consider switching to a VBA macro to loop through the files and pull in the data (copy-paste style), as many links to other workbooks make the file very slow.
Cheers,
Koen
 

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