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Using Concatenate inside a vlookup
Hi, I'm putting together a spreadsheet to automate some summarizing from
other spraedsheets I receive every day. The main roadblock I've run into is that the name of the source sheet changes every day, i.e., "june 24th.xls" & "june 25th.xls" So what I thought I'd to is create some lists with the part of the name that changes and then have a cell concatenate the varialble part of the file name, as below: $A$1(list data): june 24 through june 30 Then a formula to incorporate this into a vlookup =VLOOKUP(D22, CONCATENATE("'", $A$1, "th.xls", "Sheet1'!$A$8:$E$1000"), 5, FALSE) The trouble I'm running into is that the concatenate function sticks quotation marks around what it sticks together, and the vlookup doesn't understand the table_array reference with quotation marks around it. the formula created ends up being: =VLOOKUP(D22, "'C:\data\[june 24th.xls]Sheet1'!$A$8:$E$1000", 5, FALSE) Is there any way to pull a string from cells and use it in a vlookup? Or a way of getting rid of the quotation marks around the resulting array_table value? 
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If you take a look at the INDIRECT function, I think it will solve your problem.
Rgds, ScottO "bmclean" wrote in message news  Hi, I'm putting together a spreadsheet to automate some summarizing from  other spraedsheets I receive every day. The main roadblock I've run into is  that the name of the source sheet changes every day, i.e., "june 24th.xls" &  "june 25th.xls"  So what I thought I'd to is create some lists with the part of the name that  changes and then have a cell concatenate the varialble part of the file name,  as below:   $A$1(list data): june 24 through june 30   Then a formula to incorporate this into a vlookup   =VLOOKUP(D22, CONCATENATE("'", $A$1, "th.xls", "Sheet1'!$A$8:$E$1000"), 5,  FALSE)   The trouble I'm running into is that the concatenate function sticks  quotation marks around what it sticks together, and the vlookup doesn't  understand the table_array reference with quotation marks around it.   the formula created ends up being:  =VLOOKUP(D22, "'C:\data\[june 24th.xls]Sheet1'!$A$8:$E$1000", 5, FALSE)   Is there any way to pull a string from cells and use it in a vlookup? Or a  way of getting rid of the quotation marks around the resulting array_table  value?    
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Note: Indirect will not work unless the other workbook is open. If the other
workbook is open, it will work temporarily. As soon as the other workbook is closed and a calulation takes place the formula will once again return #REF! Biff "ScottO" wrote in message ... If you take a look at the INDIRECT function, I think it will solve your problem. Rgds, ScottO "bmclean" wrote in message news  Hi, I'm putting together a spreadsheet to automate some summarizing from  other spraedsheets I receive every day. The main roadblock I've run into is  that the name of the source sheet changes every day, i.e., "june 24th.xls" &  "june 25th.xls"  So what I thought I'd to is create some lists with the part of the name that  changes and then have a cell concatenate the varialble part of the file name,  as below:   $A$1(list data): june 24 through june 30   Then a formula to incorporate this into a vlookup   =VLOOKUP(D22, CONCATENATE("'", $A$1, "th.xls", "Sheet1'!$A$8:$E$1000"), 5,  FALSE)   The trouble I'm running into is that the concatenate function sticks  quotation marks around what it sticks together, and the vlookup doesn't  understand the table_array reference with quotation marks around it.   the formula created ends up being:  =VLOOKUP(D22, "'C:\data\[june 24th.xls]Sheet1'!$A$8:$E$1000", 5, FALSE)   Is there any way to pull a string from cells and use it in a vlookup? Or a  way of getting rid of the quotation marks around the resulting array_table  value?    
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I found that as well. I'll have to work around the trouble somehow, but I Was
really hoping to be able to do it without opening the workbook. Thanks to both of you who replied. "Biff" wrote: Note: Indirect will not work unless the other workbook is open. If the other workbook is open, it will work temporarily. As soon as the other workbook is closed and a calulation takes place the formula will once again return #REF! Biff "ScottO" wrote in message ... If you take a look at the INDIRECT function, I think it will solve your problem. Rgds, ScottO "bmclean" wrote in message news  Hi, I'm putting together a spreadsheet to automate some summarizing from  other spraedsheets I receive every day. The main roadblock I've run into is  that the name of the source sheet changes every day, i.e., "june 24th.xls" &  "june 25th.xls"  So what I thought I'd to is create some lists with the part of the name that  changes and then have a cell concatenate the varialble part of the file name,  as below:   $A$1(list data): june 24 through june 30   Then a formula to incorporate this into a vlookup   =VLOOKUP(D22, CONCATENATE("'", $A$1, "th.xls", "Sheet1'!$A$8:$E$1000"), 5,  FALSE)   The trouble I'm running into is that the concatenate function sticks  quotation marks around what it sticks together, and the vlookup doesn't  understand the table_array reference with quotation marks around it.   the formula created ends up being:  =VLOOKUP(D22, "'C:\data\[june 24th.xls]Sheet1'!$A$8:$E$1000", 5, FALSE)   Is there any way to pull a string from cells and use it in a vlookup? Or a  way of getting rid of the quotation marks around the resulting array_table  value?    
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