linking range of cells in one workbook to range of cells in another workbook

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How do I link a range of cells in one Excel workbook with a range of cells in another workbook?


Over 3000 cells in the range


Thank you!

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best response confirmed by datagirl68 (New Contributor)



Create an external reference (link) to a cell range in another workbook

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You can refer to the contents of cells in another workbook by creating an external reference formula. An external reference (also called a link) is a reference to a cell or range on a worksheet in another Excel workbook, or a reference to a defined name in another workbook.


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I would be happy to know if I could help.



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What is wrong with this reference (see below)? I see #VALUE! In the cell. For some reason the reference is not in a range of cells bit just one cell.

='[Recruitment and enrollment database 2021_03_05.xls.xlsx]Data'!$A$4:$A$3403

Any help that you can provide would be much appreciated
I was happy to be able to help. You are welcome
When I try to link to another workbook, the destination workbook shows the formula only, and not the data itself. I am unable to edit the link and I am a little confused. Can you help?


With your permission, if I can recommend. It can help us all if you upload an Excel file (without sensitive data), no picture. Even if it is said that a picture can say a thousand words, it is certainly not in the case of Excel, on the contrary in some cases. You could get a precise solution much faster with a file (w/out sensitive data). This would also be a blessing for all of us, as we can understand the problem much better, a win-win situation for everyone.

*Knowing the Excel version and operating system would also be an advantage.


Thank you for your understanding and patience



I know I don't know anything (Socrates)


It is Office 365 Excel 5 and below is a screen shot of the link.
Activity Title 6. Activity Date 7. City
='[2021 CME Check List - 9-1-21 - 12-31-21.xlsx]2021'!$A$2 1/19/2021 Virtual
I hope that helps.