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# Creating a Cell Reference in Excel using a formula.

Is it possible to create a Cell Reference using a formula? For example: If I want the value in Cell B1 to equal the value in Cell A1, can I put in Cell B1 something like, ="B" & 1 - (I know this e.g. formula doesn't work, but is there one that would, please?

Many thanks,

Tom

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# Re: Creating a Cell Reference in Excel using a formula.

@tomc72 Just enter =A1 in cell B1, or is this not what you want?

Alternatively, you may want to look into the INDIRECT or ADDRESS functions.

# Re: Creating a Cell Reference in Excel using a formula.

Hi Riny,

You are right, that is not what I want . But I´m very grateful for your mention of the Address function because I may be able to come up with a work-around by using it in conjunction with the Row function. I am going to have to play around with that.

However, regarding my core issue, perhaps I could explain myself better:

Say I have a randomly generated letter (say W) and a randomly generated number (say 23). I need a formula in (say A1) that adds the W and the 23 together so that cell AI displays not W23, but instead displays the content of cell W23.

Is that possible?

Tom

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# Re: Creating a Cell Reference in Excel using a formula.

@tomc72 Okay! Perhaps the picture below will point you in the right direction then. # Re: Creating a Cell Reference in Excel using a formula.

Hi Riny,

Yes, that´s a great help... I can see how I could work with that. Thank you very much.

Tom

# Re: Creating a Cell Reference in Excel using a formula.

@tomc72 You're welcome!

# Re: Creating a Cell Reference in Excel using a formula.

Thank You for this info. I'd like to ask you if you could help me in my idea.

=MATCH(Lookup value,Lookup Array'!\$H6:\$AG6,0)

What I want is to make the syntax 6 dynamic depending on a certain condition on another cell. Is there a way to make this number in the cell reference inside a formula dynamic?

# Re: Creating a Cell Reference in Excel using a formula.

@ENGMAAKA Let's say that the number 6 is cell A1, then you can try this:

``=MATCH(A3,INDIRECT("'Lookup Array'!\$H"&A1&":\$AG"&A1),0)``

# Re: Creating a Cell Reference in Excel using a formula.

Thank you, very much. Great!