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How to reference worksheet by index number instead of name in Excel?

For many Excel users, they tend to habitually rename the default worksheet name to their needed one. But in many cases, they need to reference the worksheet based on its index number rather than its real name. How to achieve it? You can try the method in the article.

Reference worksheet by index number instead of name with User-defined function


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Please do as follows to reference worksheet by index number instead of name in Excel.

1. Press Alt + F11 keys simultaneously to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, click Insert > Module. Then copy and paste the below VBA code into the Module window.

VBA code: Reference worksheet by index number in Excel

Function SHEETNAME(number As Long) As String
    SHEETNAME = Sheets(number).Name
End Function

3. Press the Alt + Q keys to close the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

Notes:

1. If you need to reference a certain sheet name with its number, please select a blank cell, and enter formula =SHEETNAME(1) directly into the Formula Bar, then press the Enter key. See screenshot:

2. If you want to get a cell value from a worksheet based on its index number, please use this formula =INDIRECT("'"&SHEETNAME(1) &"'!A1").

3. And if you want to sum a certain column in a worksheet based on its index number, please apply this formula =SUM(INDIRECT("'"&SHEETNAME(1) &"'!C2:C7")).


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    Kjeld · 2 years ago
    Nice solution.
    Also, referencing cell B4 of the first sheet in another Excel file can be done like this:
    =INDIRECT("'[other_filename.xlsx]"&SHEETNAME(1) &"'!B4")

    However note that the file containing the VBA script needs to be stored as a macro file, .xlsm

    Cheers,