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Excel 2010 INDIRECT not working

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Please help, I cannot seem to get the INDIRECT formula to work...

I currently have:
=INDIRECT("'["&INDIRECT("A1")&".xlsx]"&INDIRECT("A2")&"'!"&INDIRECT("A3"))

The value in A1 is     C:\Users\me\Desktop\test-variable values
The value in A2 is     test-variable values
The value in A3 is     w1

The file being references is open, but I just get #REF!

Thank you, if you can help!!!
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by:Shanan212
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="["&INDIRECT("A1")&".xlsx]"&INDIRECT("A2")&"'!"&INDIRECT("A3")

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Try above

What are you trying to do?
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by:barry houdini
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You should only need a single INDIRECT function and you don't use quotes around the cell references, i.e.

=INDIRECT("'["&A1&".xlsx]"&A2&"'!"&A3)

regards, barry
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by:BEBaldauf
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I'm trying to simply get the contents of cell W1 out of the workbook being referenced.  (first step in a process)

Neither suggestion worked.
Shanan212,  your formula returned the string:   [C:\Users\bbaldauf\Desktop\test-variable values.xlsx]test-variable values'!w1
Barry, your formula returned #REF!

Any other suggestions?
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=INDIRECT("'"&INDIRECT("A1")&"["&INDIRECT("A2")&".xlsx]"&INDIRECT("A3")&"'!"&INDIRECT("A4"))

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This works as long as workbook is open
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Still getting #REF!
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=INDIRECT("'"&INDIRECT("A1")&"["&INDIRECT("A2")&".xlsx]"&INDIRECT("A3")&"'!"&INDIRECT("A4"))

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This works as long as workbook is open. Below are values from A1 - A4
A1 - path
A2 - file name
A3 - sheet name
A4 - cell

C:\Users\me\Desktop\test-variable values\
test-variable values
test-variable values
W1
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by:BEBaldauf
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HEY!  You're awesome!  That did it!
MUCH APPRECIATED!
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by:barry houdini
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The best way to do this is for you to do this is probably to work out what the whole reference should be. Open the source file, and then in the formula worksheet type = in a cell then select the cell you need from the source workbook - that will give you the reference. You can then build that path with INDIRECT function

Do you know the required reference - if the file is open I doubt you need the whole path?

regards, barry
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by:BEBaldauf
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SUPER AWESOME, PATIENT, FAST, PERFECT!!!!!
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