In this article, we will learn How to Sum Values In a Range Specified By Indirect Cell References in Excel.
Sum values in specific part of range
Cell reference and array reference is the most common usage for an excel user. It means picking up the value using the cell address so as to just change the value in the cell to get the new result. For example if you need to find the sum of the first 20 numbers in column A, you would use =SUM(A1:A120) . Now if you need for next 20. You have to edit the whole formula. Now you know the INDIRECT function which will help you understand the efficient use excel formula.
SUM formula in Excel
|=SUM( INDIRECT ( "A"&B1&":A"&B2 )
All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's first understand how to use the INDIRECT function using an example.
Here If value in cell B1 contains 500, A1 contains D1 & we use INDIRECT function in D1 cell =INDIRECT(B1), then result would be 500
So the function returns the value in the D1 cell which is 500.
You can use it in many forms as shown here.
Here & operator is used for joining the text to get a full address of the cell. So A1 has D and 1 is added to D, get D1 cell ref.
You can directly refer to any cell.
Here D1 is directly supplied to get the return from D1 address.
SUM values in range using INDIRECT function
You can use it with other functions to get the sum of the range given by cell reference. Here given a range from A1:A6. But we only need the sum from start(B1) to end (B2). Follow the below steps.
Here Range is provided to Sum functions referring to A2 : A5 range.
The above shown formula will add the sum of values as specified in column B. If we change the value in cell B2 from 3 to 4 then the formula will calculate the result accordingly.
Here are all the observational notes using the formula in Excel
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