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Tip 50: Using the INDIRECT Function

To make a formula more flexible, you can use the Excel INDIRECT function to create a range reference. This rarely used function accepts a text argument that resembles a range reference and then converts the argument to an actual range reference. When you understand how this function works, you can use it to create more powerful interactive spreadsheets.

Specifying rows indirectly

Figure 50-1 shows an example that uses the INDIRECT function. The formula in cell E5 is

`=SUM(INDIRECT(“B”&E2&”:B”&E3))`

Figure 50-1: Using the INDIRECT function to sum user-specified rows.

The argument for the INDIRECT function uses the concatenation operator to build a range reference by using the values in cells E2 and E3. So, if E2 contains 2 and E3 contains 4, the range reference evaluates to this string:

`“B2:B4”`

The INDIRECT function converts that string to an actual range...