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Lookup values across multiple worksheets with dynamic sheet name

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2019-06-27

In many cases, you may need to collect data across multiple worksheets for summary. With the combination of the VLOOKUP function and the INDIRECT function, you can create a formula to lookup specific values across worksheets with dynamic sheet name.

How to lookup value across worksheets with dynamic sheet name?

Supposing you have four worksheets containing sales for different salesmen in four seasons as the below screenshot shown, and now you need to collect the sales for all salesmen across these four worksheets and return them into a summary worksheet. Here is the solution step by step for you.

Generic formula


Create the summary worksheet which contains the name of the salesmen and the worksheet names as the below screenshot shown.

1. Select a blank cell (in this case, I select C3), copy the below formula into it and press the Enter key.



  • B3 contains the name of the salesman that you will find the corresponding sales based on;
  • C2 contains the value matching the sheet name you will pull data from;
  • B5:C11 is the table range in the quarter sheets containing both the Name column and the Sales column;
  • 0 here means that the VLOOKUP function will return an exact match. If an exact match value can’t be found, it will return a #N/A error value.

2. And then drag the Fill Handle right and down to get all results.

Related function

The VLOOKUP function
The Excel VLOOKUP function searches for a value by matching on the first column of a table and returns the corresponding value from a certain column in the same row.

The INDIRECT function
The Microsoft Excel INDIRECT function converts a text string to a valid reference.

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