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My spreadsheet has several tabs. A formula on tab 1 is referencing data from tab 2. I want to duplicate my formula and then use the Replace function to have it reference tab 3 instead of tab 2. However, when I attempt the replace Excel opens a dialog box to open a different Excel file. Even if I forego the Replace function and just manually change the path within my formula, Excel opens the dialog box. At the moment I can't seem to reference any data on tab 3 on my spreadsheet. What is going on?

Solved by C. J. in 35 mins

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Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 09:48

Welcome, Thanks for choosing Got It Pro-Excel. I can help you with that problem.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 09:48

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Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 09:48

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

User
24/09/2018 - 09:49

yes

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 09:49

Kindly share it if you won't mind.

User
24/09/2018 - 09:49

[Uploaded an Excel file]

User
24/09/2018 - 09:50

Are you able to open the file?

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 09:51

Yeah, I now have it.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 09:51

Which formula are you referring to?

User
24/09/2018 - 09:52

I'm selecting cell A26:X50, and I'm trying to replace "CP1-Initiation" with "CP2-Discovery".

User
24/09/2018 - 09:52

So, same formula but referencing a different tab in the spreadsheet

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 09:56

Okay.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 09:57

Thank you for your patience as I was going through it.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 09:58

Based on what you’ve shared, you need to replace "CP1-Initiation" in formulas with CP2-Discovery

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 09:58

Is that correct?

User
24/09/2018 - 09:59

Yes, for rows 25-50

User
24/09/2018 - 09:59

Sorry, 26-50

User
24/09/2018 - 09:59

Rows 1-25 I want to continue to reference the CP1-Initiation tab.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:00

Okay.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:00

You must have not been searching and replacing the correct and EXACT phrases.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:01

Hence an error.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:01

The sheet names have a space appended to them.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:02

In the "Find What" field put exactly this phrase:

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:02

'CP1-Initiation '

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:02

With the single quotation marks.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:02

Note that there is a space appended to it.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:03

In the "Replace with:" field, put this phrase:

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:03

'CP2-Discovery '

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:03

You can click on the Replace All

User
24/09/2018 - 10:03

I just did and got the same result. Did it work for you?

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:04

It works fine for my end.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:04

Kindly copy and paste the EXACT phrases I have sent to you.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:05

Find and Replace:

[Uploaded an Excel file]

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:07

In fact it should work fine.

User
24/09/2018 - 10:07

Weird. It did allow me to replace by putting in two spaces after Discovery as in your screenshot.

User
24/09/2018 - 10:07

It does not, however, appear to be referencing the CP2 tab. No data is pulled in.

User
24/09/2018 - 10:08

and if I try to manually remove the extra space I'm back to the same problem

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:10

Let me upload for you the modified fiel.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:10

*File

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:10

Formula replaced.

[Uploaded an Excel file]

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:11

The formula in the range:

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:11

A26:X50

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:11

Have been all replaced.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:11

Just like you had described.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:12

You can check any, they are now pointing to CP2-Discovery sheet instead of Initiation sheet.

User
24/09/2018 - 10:12

I must be having some sort of software issue on my end. Your spreadsheet works fine. The exact same changes made in mine don't. Bizarre.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:13

Did you succeed putting the two spaces for the CP2 sheet?

User
24/09/2018 - 10:14

I did, and excel accepts that change. However, it doesn't actually pull in data from the CP2 sheet like your version does. I'm mystified.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:14

Kindly try this:

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:15

In your original workbook

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:15

Rename both sheets

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:15

When you rename them, just delete the spaces appended to them name so that the names do not contain the spaces.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:16

Currently Discover sheet is like:

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:16

'CP2-Discovery "

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:16

*

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:16

'CP2-Discovery '

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:16

Delete the two spaces so that it becomes:

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:16

'CP2-Discovery'

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:17

Similarly to Initiation sheet from:

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:17

'CP1-Initiation '

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:17

To

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:17

'CP1-Initiation'

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:17

Are we together?

User
24/09/2018 - 10:18

yep

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:20

Once you have modified the names.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:20

Find and replace

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:21

In the Find field, find:

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:21

'CP1-Initiation'

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:21

In the replace field put:

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:21

'CP2-Discovery'

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:21

NOTE: This time round there are no spaces appended to the sheet names.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:21

Does the problem persist?

User
24/09/2018 - 10:22

It looks like that did the trick

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:22

Yaaaay!

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:22

Awesome!

User
24/09/2018 - 10:22

Thank you so much. I've been banging my head on this problem for hours.

Excelchat Expert
24/09/2018 - 10:23

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
24/09/2018 - 10:23

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User
24/09/2018 - 10:23

Will do. Have a good night.

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