Need correct  syntax right on a SUMIFS | INDIRECT formula (requires Excel 2007 or 2010)

Posted on 2013-01-29
Last Modified: 2013-01-29
Hi Experts,

I am trying to get the syntax right on a SUMIFS formula (requires Excel 2007 or 2010) that uses an INDIRECT reference to other worksheets in the workbook.  While I've used both formulas before, I guess I haven't used both together, and I can't seem to get it right.  In the attached file, I am getting a #REF error trying to use this formula in Cell M7 of the Cumulative Sales Units sheet:

=SUMIFS(INDIRECT("'"&M$6&"'!&$F$7:$F$56"),INDIRECT("'"&M$6&"'!&$B$7:$B$56"),'Cumulative Sales Units'!B7)

As can be seen, in cells M8:M33, the same type of formula works but when I try to convert it to the above so I can copy the formulas across the page, using the Sheet names in the range M6:BL6, I get the #REF error in M7.

I appreciate any insights.

Question by:jeffreywsmith
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redmondb earned 500 total points
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Hi, Jeff,

Problem was a couple of unwanted ampersands...
=SUMIFS(INDIRECT("'"&M$6&"'!$F$7:$F$56"),INDIRECT("'"&M$6&"'!$B$7:$B$56"),'Cumulative Sales Units'!B7)

Edit: Oops, should there be a $ before the B7...
=SUMIFS(INDIRECT("'"&M$6&"'!$F$7:$F$56"),INDIRECT("'"&M$6&"'!$B$7:$B$56"),'Cumulative Sales Units'!$B7)


Author Comment

ID: 38833567
Thanks, Brian !

I think I was going blind looking at that ;--)

Author Closing Comment

ID: 38833570
I appreciate the quick and on-target response !
LVL 26

Expert Comment

ID: 38833605
Thanks, Jeff!

(For future reference, the secret is the F9 key - if you haven't come across the use of this while editing a formula then post here and I'll give you some notes.)

Author Comment

ID: 38833620
Thanks, Brian - I know about F9 ... but guess I just didn't think to employ it here.  Too much time working with this project ... but glad you got me sorted out.

- Jeff

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