# Indirect named range different sheet

INDIRECT("'"&sheet&"'!"&name)

The formula above evaluates something like this:

Once the string is assembled using values in B6 and C6, INDIRECT evaluates and transforms the string into a proper reference.

Note you can refer to a named range in a formula without using INDIRECT. For example, the formula in D6 could be written:

=SUM('Sheet1'!data)

However, if you want to assemble the reference as text, and have Excel treat the text as a reference, you need to use INDIRECT.

*Note: The single quotes are added in the formula above so that the formula will work when a sheet name contains spaces.*

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