Increment text field in excel formula

Posted on 2012-03-30
Last Modified: 2012-04-26
I have an Excel workbook that I use to track the achievements of my Cub Scout pack.  One of the sheets is outdated, and the original creator is deceased, so I took it upon myself to update it.

I am using the following formula:

=INDIRECT("Beltloops!" & $A$3 & "11")

On each individual scout worksheet to track entries made to the master worksheet.  The problem I have now is that there are over 200 cells that need to be changed from a direct cell reference to the formula above, on 15 worksheets.  Is there any way I can automate incrementing the text field (11 in my example) the same way the numbers increase when I drag and copy a cell with a number or a formula?

Question by:heisenstein
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by:zorvek (Kevin Jones)
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Yes. Can you give three example formulas as you want them to appear and the row numbers on which they are located?

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by:barry houdini
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What's in A3, just a letter like "D"? Not sure why you need INDIRECT at all, why not just use


then drag down

regards, barry

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A3 contains the letter for each scouts column on the summary pages; scout 1 is e, scout 2 is f...

The row numbers vary.  One group would be 11-13, then 20-27.
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by:zorvek (Kevin Jones)
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We need a different approach then.

What is the purpose of this summary tab? Are you counting something? Or just replicating certain sections? Can you post the workbook?


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This is the file as I have so far modified it.  The 'Scout 1' tab is where I am making all the changes for the individual scouts; the pins, and belt loops tabs are where I actually will record the achievement.  This info needs to be echoed to each individual scout page, and the summary page, which is what I need to submit to get the boys their awards.
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zorvek (Kevin Jones) earned 500 total points
ID: 37789671
Here is a start for the formula in H3 on down but it will still require work getting the formulas installed.



The value in E3 and on has to match the value in Beltloops:B7 and on.

You have to edit the E$3 value for each section.


Author Closing Comment

ID: 37897202
I will assume that this solution would work, but given that I would still need to change all the formulas, I went ahead and made all the required entries static.  It was more important to tie each sheet to the columns on the summary pages.

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