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The formula is: =SUMIF(BAARCH!A:R,summary!A6,BAARCH!P:P) which searches for the name inputted on the summary sheet on the BAARCH worksheet - but I want it to look for the name across a range of worksheets. The column is PP.

Solved by Z. C. in 50 mins

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Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:03

Welcome, Thanks for choosing Got It Pro-Excel.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:04

Do you have sample data that we can use to illustrate how to solve this problem?

User
23/08/2018 - 06:05

Yes - shall I send it?

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:05

Yeah, please..

User
23/08/2018 - 06:06

Sent - did it arrive?

[Uploaded an Excel file]

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:06

Yeah

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:07

Going through the data please...

User
23/08/2018 - 06:08

You are? Or do you want me to explain?

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:08

Elaborate a little bit please...

User
23/08/2018 - 06:10

On the summary sheet I want to look up the name e.g. Ollie Chapman across multiple worksheets e.g. BAARCH and BALAND and look up how many hours worked in column P - Ollie could be mentioned multiple times on one sheet.

User
23/08/2018 - 06:11

My example just shows a couple of works but there maybe 100 and the same person repeated.

User
23/08/2018 - 06:11

*workers

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:11

Okay.

User
23/08/2018 - 06:11

My formula only works for one sheet!!

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:14

Okay.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:14

How many such like sheets do you have?

User
23/08/2018 - 06:14

I have shown two but there maybe at least 15

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:20

There are a couple of approaches.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:21

We use VBA or have a named range of all the sheets in a workbook.

User
23/08/2018 - 06:22

Which is easier for me? What you have seen is my level of expertise - fairly low!

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:23

VBA is complex but easier.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:23

Let's work with the latter.

User
23/08/2018 - 06:23

Thanks!

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:23

Processing the formula and steps for you.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:31

Thank you for your patience.

User
23/08/2018 - 06:31

No problem -

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:32

The formula will be:

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:32

=SUMPRODUCT(SUMIF(INDIRECT("'"&Sheets&"'!"&"A:R"),A3,INDIRECT("'"&Sheets&"'!"&"P:P")))

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:32

Solution:

[Uploaded an Excel file]

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:33

Are we together?

User
23/08/2018 - 06:33

Yes, that is amazing - you are a genius!

User
23/08/2018 - 06:34

Many thanks

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:34

Thank you.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:34

But let me explain please.

User
23/08/2018 - 06:34

Yes please

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:35

That will help you modify it with ease to meet your needs.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:35

Look at the summary sheet.

User
23/08/2018 - 06:35

Yes, I can see it

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:36

In column O, from O3, I listed the names of the sheets.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:36

That is where the secret is.

User
23/08/2018 - 06:36

So I need to list every sheet when I create them

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:36

EXACTLY!

User
23/08/2018 - 06:37

Then it will pick up them all - clever

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:37

You will add it below the list.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:37

After adding it, that is not enough!

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:37

There is something called 'A named range'

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:38

I named the range which contains the names of the sheet as "Sheets"

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:38

In our formula:

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:38

=SUMPRODUCT(SUMIF(INDIRECT("'"&Sheets&"'!"&"A:R"),A3,INDIRECT("'"&Sheets&"'!"&"P:P")))

User
23/08/2018 - 06:38

I see

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:38

Where the name "Sheets" Appears, it refers to the range.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:38

So, you will need to edit this range.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:39

So you need to change this named range after adding a new sheet to the list.

User
23/08/2018 - 06:40

But do not need to update the formula

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:40

To change the range, follow with me this procedure.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:40

Yeah, you do not need to update the formula.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:40

You just need to change range as follows:

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:41

Follow with me please:

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:41

STEP 1

User
23/08/2018 - 06:41

ok

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:41

On the Ribbon, click the Formulas tab

User
23/08/2018 - 06:41

yes

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:41

STEP 2

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:41

Click Name Manager5`

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:42

* Click Name Manager

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:42

STEP 3

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:42

In the list, click on the name that you want to change

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:42

In our case, the "Sheets"

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:43

Are you there?

User
23/08/2018 - 06:43

Yes - just looking at the spreadsheet

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:43

Do you have the Edit name dialog box?

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:44

Have you reached at STEP 3 ?

User
23/08/2018 - 06:44

No - I have clicked on sheets and it hightlights the range you made. I am on the Mac version of Excel.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:46

Okay.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:46

Can you locate the formulas tab?

User
23/08/2018 - 06:47

Where you edit the formula?

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:48

Try this:

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:48

Insert > Name > Define

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:48

Insert > Name >

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:48

Can you locate that?

User
23/08/2018 - 06:48

just looking

User
23/08/2018 - 06:49

I have!

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:49

Yaaaay!

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:49

Choose Name from the Insert menu and then choose Define. Excel displays the Define Name dialog box.

User
23/08/2018 - 06:50

Yes - called sheets and has a range defined

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:50

In the list of names shown in the dialog box, click once on the name whose reference you want to change.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:50

Very good!

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:50

The range is:

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:50

=summary!$O$3:$O$4

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:50

Right?

User
23/08/2018 - 06:51

Yes!!

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:51

Very good!

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:51

Now once you add another sheet to the list, for example at cell O5

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:51

So that our formula can factor in the added sheet, we change this named range to:

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:52

=summary!$O$3:$O$5

User
23/08/2018 - 06:52

I edit the range in that box?

User
23/08/2018 - 06:52

Yes! Got it.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:52

Yeah, you edit it.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:52

Now it is clear right?

User
23/08/2018 - 06:52

Yes - very clear

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:52

You are a Pro!

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:52

That is it!

User
23/08/2018 - 06:52

Ha ha - not sure about that. I have been trying to do this for three days!

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:53

It was my pleasure helping you solve this problem. Any time you have a problem with Excel do not hesitate to come back for help.

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:53

You can always end and rate the chat at any time for better services. Hope to see you again!

User
23/08/2018 - 06:53

I will - thanks for this and have a good day!

Excelchat Expert
23/08/2018 - 06:53

You too!

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