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Using 3-D Cell References

If you want to analyze data in the same cell or range of cells on multiple worksheets within a workbook, use a mixed 3-D reference. For example, =SUM(Sheet3:Sheet6!A1:A10) returns the sum for all the values contained in the range of cells A1 through A10 on all the worksheets between and including Sheet 3 and Sheet 6. 3-D references work with the following functions: AVERAGE, AVERAGEA, COUNT, COUNTA, MAX, MAXA, MIN, MINA, PRODUCT, STDEV, STDEVA, STDEVPA, VAR, VARA, VARP, and VARPA. However, 3-D references cannot be used with array formulas, the intersection operator (a single space), or the implicit intersection. If you move, insert, or copy sheets between the ones included in the range, Excel adds the values from the sheets in the calculations. If you move or remove sheets between the ones included in the range, Excel removes the values from the calculation.

Create a 3-D Cell Reference

  • lightyellow_01.jpg Click a cell where you want to enter a formula.
  • lightyellow_02.jpg Type = (an equal sign) to begin the formula.
  • lightyellow_03.jpg Type the function you want to use followed by a ( (left bracket).
  • lightyellow_04.jpg Type the first worksheet name, followed by a : (colon), and then the last worksheet name in the range.
  • lightyellow_05.jpg Type ! (exclamation).
  • lightyellow_06.jpg Type or select the cell or cell range you want to use in the function.
  • lightyellow_07.jpg Type ) (right bracket).
  • lightyellow_08.jpg Click the Enter button on the formula bar, or press Enter.
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