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Posted on 2013-05-28
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Last Modified: 2013-05-28

I am trying to do the following:

I have a sheet1 in workbook1 that have a cell A1 that is linked to the cell A1 in the sheet1 of a workbook2. So I enter an information in sheet1 A1 of the workbook1 and then the workbook2 changes. In the workbook2 I have functions that executes using the value of sheet1 A1. Then I linked these cells to the workbook1 to retrieved the values. The problem is that it's only works when workbook2 is open, if is closed the functions not refresh. It is normal that this is happening, there is another way to do that?
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It is normal that this is happening...

Yes.  Closed workbooks do not change, & linked formulae does not re-calculate, until the workbook is (re-)opened (& it is confirmed that linked cells should be 'refreshed').

...another way to do that?

Have a third workbook that is your "calculation engine" that performs all the calculations for both workbooks.  Open that when workbook1 is open, or when workbook2 is open, or even when both are both.

Is there any reason why workbook1 & workbook2 cannot be open concurrently?


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by:[ fanpages ]
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...or even when both are both.
I'll try that again:

...or even when both are open.

Thanks for closing the thread.  However, my closing question has not been addressed:
Is there any reason why workbook1 & workbook2 cannot be open concurrently?

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ID: 39201406
yes, one will run in a server with confidential information
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by:[ fanpages ]
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Is it feasible to keep the confidential information in a separate workbook, that would just be used as "reference" data, & have the calculations performed in another workbook?

Or, is the calculation confidential?

Also, have you considered storing your data in a database, rather than a workbook?

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ID: 39201492
yes, thanks for your suggestions

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