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QUESTION: Hi Expert,

I am using if statement as =IF(H2<Sheet2!$B$2,Sheet2!$A$2,0)

instead of address $B$2 , i want to put a formula that pick address of cell stored at B2

e.g : B2 contains A1 ( coming from some formula)

then formula should become like

please suggest some way out.

ANSWER: INDIRECT() allows you to construct references from text strings.

  =IF(H2<INDIRECT("Sheet2!" & B2), Sheet2!$A$2, 0)

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QUESTION: I believe this should be

=IF(H2<INDIRECT("Sheet2!" & "B2"), Sheet2!$A$2, 0)

That is incorrect based on your original question.

If cell B2 of the current sheet had a text reference of "Z10" written in it, then my formula would translate to "Sheet2!Z10".

Your would always just translate to Sheet2!B2 and never change regardless of what you put in the local cell's B2.
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