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Recovering value linked to no longer existent workbook

Posted on 2013-02-06
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Suppose I have a formula a part of which is a reference to another workbook that doesn't exist anymore. I know that despite the referenced workbook being absent the linked value is stored somewhere because if I change other parts of the formula it gets calculated properly. How do I replace the reference with the stored value?
I tried F2 -> F9 but it requires the linked workbook to exist.
Thank you.
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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Copy and paste-special with values in the same place.
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by:PavelTMN
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It substitutes the whole formula with the final value and I want to only recover the referenced part.
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I think that the only way to do that is to get the result of the formula and then back calculate it.

Excel stores, for each cell,
 - the formula and
 - the last calculated result

It does not store results of all components. So to get a part of the formula it needs recalculation which involves retrieving values of the variables and that is only possible if the source is available.
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