# Excel/Excel formulas

Question
propagating formulas between sheets

I have excel file that has multiple sheets.  I use it for tracking investments week over week.

One thing that I want to add is a week to week over under for various investments (e.g. - how much did the DOW change).

Simple example:
Sheet1:A1 = 100.00
Sheet2:A1 = 150.00
Sheet2:B2 = 'Sheet2'!A1-'Sheet1'!A1

This example I can do easily for any cells that I want to compare between sheets.  The problem is that I can not figure out a way to automate this so that the inter-sheet formulas automatically propagate to new sheets that I create (I create a new sheet every week as a copy of the prior weeks sheet).  I don't want to have to recreate the inter-sheet formulas manually each time I create a new sheet.

you might be able to use the INDIRECT() function to "construct" cell references from pieces of text.  For instance this formula give you the value of A1 directly:

='Sheet1'!\$A1

This formula does the same thing indirectly.  If on Sheet2 you had the text "Sheet1" in cell B2, then this would "construct" the reference above indirectly:

=INDIRECT("'" & B2 & "'!A1")

So with this technique you can construct your INDIRECT() formulas on Sheet2 to reference Sheet1 using the text in a cell on that sheet to indicate the name of the prior sheet to use.  When you make a new sheet, you'd need only update that one cell for all the formulas to change to reference that sheet instead.
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