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XL: EVALUATE() Function with INDIRECT() Returns #REF! Error

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In Microsoft Excel, if you use the EVALUATE() function in an XLM macro to return the value of a formula that contains the INDIRECT() function, the value returned by EVALUATE() is the #REF! error value.

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This problem occurs, for example, when you use the EVALUATE() function in a macro to return the result of another function if this function returns a value using INDIRECT(). In the following example, the EVALUATE() function in cell A2 returns the #REF! error value when you run the macro Test.
   A1: TEST
   A2: =EVALUATE("TEST2()")
   A3: =RETURN()
   A5: TEST2
NOTE: This problem does not occur in Microsoft Excel version 4.0.

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   Function Test()
       ' Display value returned by function Test2.
       MsgBox Test2
   End Function

   Function Test2()
       ' Return the value of the defined name "name" on the workbook.
       ' Note that you can replace the defined name with a cell
       ' reference to return the value stored in a particular cell.
       Test2 = Range("Name").Value
   End Function

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More information

You can use the INDIRECT() function in a macro or on a worksheet to return the reference specified by the function argument. You can use INDIRECT() to return the value stored in a cell indicated by a reference in another cell.

You can use the EVALUATE() function to evaluate a formula or expression that is in the form of text and return the result.

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For more information about INDIRECT, choose the Search button in Help and type:
INDIRECT function
For more information about EVALUATE, choose the Search button in Macro Functions Help and type:
EVALUATE function

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Article Info
Article ID : 131384
Revision : 5
Created on : 1/19/2007
Published on : 1/19/2007
Exists online : False
Views : 41