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QUESTION: Hi Tom,

Using Excel 2010.

I am using the following formula:

=SUMIFS('Dan'!E:E,'Dan'!D:D,$A43,'Dan'!C:C,$B43)+SUMIFS('Drew'!E:E,'Drew'!D:D,$A43,'Drew'!C:C,$B43)+SUMIFS('Ed'!E:E,'Ed'!D:D,$A43,'Ed'!C:C,$B43)+SUMIFS('Keith'!E:E,'Keith'!D:D,$A43,'Keith'!C:C,$B43)+SUMIFS('Mark'!E:E,'Mark'!D:D,$A43,'Mark'!C:C,$B43)+SUMIFS('Steve'!E:E,'Steve'!D:D,$A43,'Steve'!C:C,$B43)+SUMIFS('Tom'!E:E,'Tom'!D:D,$A43,'Tom'!C:C,$B43)

Which totals up some parts used, and displays the results according to customer & date. In order to simplify editing the spreadsheet, is it possible to reference a named range (in this case "SheetNames") in the formula, instead of using the above?

Thanks for your time...

ANSWER: Steve

=SUM(SUMIFS(INDIRECT(SheetNames&"!E:E"),INDIRECT(SheetNames&"!D:D"),$A43,INDIRECT(SheetNames&"!C:C"),$B43))

entered with Ctrl+Shift+Enter worked for me.

or

=SUMPRODUCT(SUMIFS(INDIRECT(SheetNames&"!E:E"),INDIRECT(SheetNames&"!D:D"),$A43,INDIRECT(SheetNames&"!C:C"),$B43))

entered normally.

Name: SheetNames

Refersto: ={"Dan","Drew","Ed","Keith","Mark","Steve","Tom"}

If I changed the sheet name of Keith to be Kei th (with an embedded space) so that the name would need to be in single quotes, then I redefined Sheetnames to be

={"Dan","Drew","Ed","'Kei th'","Mark","Steve","Tom"}

and it worked for me as well.

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Regards,

Tom Ogilvy

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QUESTION: Thanks Tom.

I am getting a #REF! error. One thing I forgot to mention, the named range "SheetNames" is on a separate sheet called "Index". Could this affect the formula?

Steve,

I added a sheet named index and typed in the names in a single column. I named the range of names Sheetname1 (I used a slightly different name since I was keeping the other list as well). I then modified the formula

=SUMPRODUCT(SUMIFS(INDIRECT(Sheetnames1&"!E:E"),INDIRECT(Sheetnames1&"!D:D"),$A43,INDIRECT(Sheetnames1&"!C:C"),$B43))

and it worked for me.

D5:D11 on Sheet Index

Dan

Drew

Ed

'Kei th'

Mark

Steve

Tom

note that 'Kei th' is entered as ''Kei th'

since the first single quote is interpreted as a formatting character.

Make sure that your SheetNames is a workbook level name and not a sheet level name. Check the spelling of the names as well.

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Regards,

Tom Ogilvy

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Comment | Thanks Tom! I wasn't sure why you were demonstrating the effects of changing Keith to Kei th, but I understand now how it affects the range reference when a space between the first & last name is used (I did strip the last names from the formula I sent to you.) I changed the 2 examples you sent to: =SUM(SUMIFS(INDIRECT("'"&SheetNames&"'"&"!E:E"),INDIRECT("'"&SheetNames&"'"&"!D:D"),$A43,INDIRECT("'"&SheetNames&"'"&"!C:C"),$B43)) and: =SUMPRODUCT(SUMIFS(INDIRECT("'"&SheetNames&"'"&"!E:E"),INDIRECT("'"&SheetNames&"'"&"!D:D"),$A44,INDIRECT("'"&SheetNames&"'"&"!C:C"),$B44)) |

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