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I have a spreadsheet with 220 tabs, each tab representing a cost centre. Each tab is named with the name of the cost centre.  I then have a summary page with the 220 cost centres summarised in column A (also represented by the name).  In columns B to G I have various summarised information eg column B is titled Occupancy and the information that goes into each cell against each home refers to a cell on the individual cost centre tabs.  Is it possible to create a formula which when copied down from cell B2 to B221 on the summary, will automatically change the tab it looks up to, without having to go through the formulas 220 times and doing a find and replace?

The tabs are given exactly the same name as the 220 names in column A of the summary.

Yes. If you have, for example, this in cell A3:
Cost Center 1
and in B3 you have something like
=VLOOKUP(something,'Cost Center 1'!$A$1:$G$50,6,FALSE)
then you can change the VLOOKUP to:
=VLOOKUP(something,INDIRECT("'" & $A3 & "'!$A$1:$G$50"),6,FALSE)
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Bob Umlas


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