#### how to reference different workbooks/sheets in formula?

```i have 30 different workbooks,
each workbook has >20 individual sheets.
i have a list with two columns, one is the name of the
workbooks, and one is the name of each sheets.
here is what i want to do.
i want to do a count on 'column z' on every sheets.
(column z on every sheets has n number of data, i want to
count how many.)

ie,

column a  column b     column c
(sheets)  (workbooks)  (number of data point)
--------  -----------  ----------------------
g-1       a.xls        =count('[a.xls]g-1'!\$z:\$z)
g-2       a.xls        =count('[a.xls]g-2'!\$z:\$z)
g-3       a.xls        =count('[a.xls]g-3'!\$z:\$z)
g-4       b.xls        =count('[b.xls]g-4'!\$z:\$z)
g-5       b.xls        =count('[b.xls]g-5'!\$z:\$z)
..
..
..

since, i have 30 workworks and each has more than 20
sheets.
the above list will have > 600 rows.
is there a easy way to put a formula in 'column c' above,
so that it will use 'column a' and 'column b' as references
and i don't have to manually type in that formula
in 'column c' >600 times.

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```First, if those 30 different workbooks are closed, you're going to need the path
of the workbook in your formula.  And it becomes a tiny bit more than just
creating the formula:

Kind of:
=COUNT('C:\My Documents\excel\[a.xls]g-1'!\$Z:\$Z)

I could build a string that looked like that formula with this:

="=count('c:\my documents\excel\["&B1&"]"&A1&"'!\$z:\$z)"

You could put the path in the formula or refer to in in another cell--say D1
contained:
c:\my documents\excel, then my formula that builds the string is:

="=count('"&\$D\$1&"\[" &B1&"]"&A1&"'!\$z:\$z)"
(watchout for the trailing backslash)

Now after you've verified that the formula is ok, you can select that range of
formulas and convert them to values:  Edit|copy, Edit|paste special|values

Now, you have strings that look exactly like your formulas, but they're not
formulas, yet!

Select that range and
edit|replace
= with =
This'll make excel reevaluate the strings as formulas.

I'd do it with a couple of cells first.  If you screw up, you might be pointing
at a worksheet/workbook that doesn't exist and you'll be prompted to fix it.  If
you did all 600 at once (incorrectly), it'll get really boring dismissing those
dialogs.

Steve wrote:
>
> i have 30 different workbooks,
> each workbook has >20 individual sheets.
> i have a list with two columns, one is the name of the
> workbooks, and one is the name of each sheets.
> here is what i want to do.
> i want to do a count on 'column z' on every sheets.
> (column z on every sheets has n number of data, i want to
> count how many.)
>
> ie,
>
> column a  column b     column c
> (sheets)  (workbooks)  (number of data point)
> --------  -----------  ----------------------
> g-1       a.xls        =count('[a.xls]g-1'!\$z:\$z)
> g-2       a.xls        =count('[a.xls]g-2'!\$z:\$z)
> g-3       a.xls        =count('[a.xls]g-3'!\$z:\$z)
> g-4       b.xls        =count('[b.xls]g-4'!\$z:\$z)
> g-5       b.xls        =count('[b.xls]g-5'!\$z:\$z)
> .
> .
> .
>
> since, i have 30 workworks and each has more than 20
> sheets.
> the above list will have > 600 rows.
> is there a easy way to put a formula in 'column c' above,
> so that it will use 'column a' and 'column b' as references
> and i don't have to manually type in that formula
> in 'column c' >600 times.
>

--

Dave Peterson
ec35720@msn.com
```
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ec35720 (10082)
4/25/2004 11:20:13 PM

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