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Replacing tabs in excel when those tabs are referenced in formulas

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I have a tab in my excel workbook that other tabs reference.  I have to replace this tab each week with the current version.  i can either copy/paste the data from the new tab into the existing one.  Or I can copy the entire tab from the new spreadsheet into the workbook and ensure the tab names are correct.  I can do either.

Here's my problem.  As soon as I delete the tab/data that the formulas were using, the entire spreadsheet that referenced any of those cells return "REF!" in the formulas.  

Can I turn off automatic calculate or something like that to prevent this from happening each week?
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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One way is to

copy the tab to the workbook first
then perform a search/replace for the tab names from the old one to the new one
and then delete the old tab.

This may cause a problem if your formula contains the old tab name as text string etc which will also get changed.
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andrewssd3 earned 200 total points
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I am assuming you keep a copy of the current tab in the file for archive purposes but want your data to reference the new one.  Try this:

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Copy the entire current tab (not using copy cells, but by right clicking on the tab and using Move or Copy... or ctrl-click and dragging.

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Give the copied tab whatever name you want to give it

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Paste your new data over the current tab (not the copy) using normal copy/paste - the cells that reference the current data will not be affected

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You could now give the current tab a new name (right click on tab and select Rename, or double click on the tab name and overtype) if you have it named with the current date or something similar- this will change any reference to the tabIt would probably help if you could post the file or more details, as this is just guessing your requirements
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by:Feisty472
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I did this a little differently.  But, it got the job done.

Thanks
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