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Indirect named range different sheet

Excel formula: Indirect named range different sheet
Generic formula 

To reference a named range on another sheet, you can use the INDIRECT function with the required sheet syntax. In the example shown, the formula in D6 is:


Which returns the sum of the named range "data" on Sheet1.

How this formula works

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:


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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