#### Number of Observations

```I have a column (say Column A) with 300 values (basically it is a DDE link
with data I update).

I also have a cell I would like to use (say B1).  In cell B1 I would like to
be able to enter a value (say 20) where I will be able to use this value in
another cell to "observe" the top 20 of the cell from column A.  So, If I put
20 in cell B1, in cell (say C1) I would like to put some formula where it can
reference the "how many observation" cell B1, and say sum A1:AXX where xx is
the value in cell B1.

I know in this form it cannot be done, but was wondering if someone had an
idea how to get this concept to work,

Diane
```
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12/21/2004 6:17:05 PM
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```Hi
do you mean
=SUM(INDIRECT("A1:A" & B1))

--
Regards
Frank Kabel
Frankfurt, Germany
"Diane" <Diane@discussions.microsoft.com> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
news:76D1E3AC-C24D-4C62-93B2-03B09D068F05@microsoft.com...
>I have a column (say Column A) with 300 values (basically it is a DDE link
> with data I update).
>
> I also have a cell I would like to use (say B1).  In cell B1 I would like
> to
> be able to enter a value (say 20) where I will be able to use this value
> in
> another cell to "observe" the top 20 of the cell from column A.  So, If I
> put
> 20 in cell B1, in cell (say C1) I would like to put some formula where it
> can
> reference the "how many observation" cell B1, and say sum A1:AXX where xx
> is
> the value in cell B1.
>
> I know in this form it cannot be done, but was wondering if someone had an
> idea how to get this concept to work,
>
> Thank you for your time.
> Diane

```
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frank.kabel (11126)
12/21/2004 6:21:55 PM
```Diane,

In cell C1:

=SUM(INDIRECT("A1:A"&B1))

HTH,
Bernie
MS Excel MVP

"Diane" <Diane@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:76D1E3AC-C24D-4C62-93B2-03B09D068F05@microsoft.com...
> I have a column (say Column A) with 300 values (basically it is a DDE link
> with data I update).
>
> I also have a cell I would like to use (say B1).  In cell B1 I would like
to
> be able to enter a value (say 20) where I will be able to use this value
in
> another cell to "observe" the top 20 of the cell from column A.  So, If I
put
> 20 in cell B1, in cell (say C1) I would like to put some formula where it
can
> reference the "how many observation" cell B1, and say sum A1:AXX where xx
is
> the value in cell B1.
>
> I know in this form it cannot be done, but was wondering if someone had an
> idea how to get this concept to work,
>
> Thank you for your time.
> Diane

```
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Bernie
12/21/2004 6:23:28 PM
```=SUM(A1:INDEX(A:A,B1))

On Tue, 21 Dec 2004 10:17:05 -0800, "Diane"
<Diane@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>I have a column (say Column A) with 300 values (basically it is a DDE link
>with data I update).
>
>I also have a cell I would like to use (say B1).  In cell B1 I would like to
>be able to enter a value (say 20) where I will be able to use this value in
>another cell to "observe" the top 20 of the cell from column A.  So, If I put
>20 in cell B1, in cell (say C1) I would like to put some formula where it can
>reference the "how many observation" cell B1, and say sum A1:AXX where xx is
>the value in cell B1.
>
>I know in this form it cannot be done, but was wondering if someone had an
>idea how to get this concept to work,
>
>Diane

```
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akyurek (248)
12/21/2004 9:10:55 PM

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