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Good Morning...I am putting together a excel workbook that includes both roster information and budgetting-salary information and want to be able to have three tabs with the first one being the master copy, the second tab being the working copy and the third tab showing the differences between working and master.  All three spreadsheets will have the same multiple headings and ideally will be identical in the end.  Thank you for your assistance.


I assume you know how to set up the master and working and the question is how to get the difference in the third sheet.

Assuming they are identical in layout, then copy one of them to be the third sheet.

In the numeric data areas, you would use a formula like (assume the formula goes in  cell F9 of the third sheet)

F9:  =Master!F9-Working!F9

This assumes the tab name of the master sheet is "Master" and the tab name of the working sheet is "Working".   If you had a space in the name - say working was actually named "My Working", then you would need to enclose that name in single quotes

F9:  =Master!F9-'My Working'!F9

If that doesn't answer the question, then post back with clarification on what you need to know.

Tom Ogilvy

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