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Create a named structure reference

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Folks,
I've run into a problem where I would like to learn how to create a structure name to reference headers in a table:
 
To reference the headers =Source_Data[#Headers]

I'm can't seem to connect the dots.
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by:jkpieterse
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I'm not sure in what context, in a formula, in VBA, ...?
Check out http://www.jkp-ads.com/articles/excel2007tablesvba.asp if it is VBA syntax you are looking for.
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by:Frank Freese
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I've been trying to edit the question as follows:

=INDEX(Source_Data[[#Headers],[Spend $]:[Cost / Sale]],,selection)

and I keep getting #NAME!
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by:Glenn Ray
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Using a structrured reference on the table headers like:
=Source_Data[#Headers]
yields an array, so it's not a displayable value.

However, if you were using this in an indexing or array function - or wanted to create a dynamic range name, it's perfectly usable.  For example, the name of the third header lable in your table would be:
=INDEX(Source_Data[#Headers],1,3)

Regards,
-Glenn
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by:Glenn Ray
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We cross-posted!  Looking at your follow-up, are you trying to do this in VBA?  "selection" makes me think so.

If so, are you trying to enter a formula in a cell with this reference or are you trying to determine the header lable based on the active cell's column on the sheet?

-Glenn
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by:Frank Freese
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One additional question please
[#Headers] is a predefined range and one does not have to define it in Name Manager?
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by:Frank Freese
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Actually, "selection" is a named range.
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Glenn Ray earned 375 total points
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[#Headers] alone is not a defined range, but used with the Excel Table identifier, it can be.  And it's dynamic; will change as the table layout changes.

if "selection" is a named range, the only issue would be if the value is greater than 2 (only two columns referenced) or less than 1.

-Glenn

Resources:

Resources (Microsoft)
Using structured references with Excel tables
Use structured references in Excel table formulas
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by:Frank Freese
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"selection" is a cell reference (I'm not having a very good Sunday)
Thanks I'm clearer now and appreciate everyone's help!
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by:Frank Freese
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thank you kindly
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by:Glenn Ray
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You're welcome.  The links I posted are very helpful (for me, at least).

-Glenn
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by:Frank Freese
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Those will be read!
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