How to Use the Indirect Function to Create Excel Dashboards

You can use the Indirect Function to create an Excel Dashboard. A Dashboard gives you an overview of your data – in this case, an interactive view of the information hidden in our data set. I will create Drop-Down lists using Data Validation in the Dashboard. The Indirect Function takes a little bit of time to understand. Here are some key points:

  • The Indirect Function works best with Named Cell References
  • The syntax is =INDIRECT(reference text). In our example the “reference text” will be the label for a Named Range of cells.
  • You can “nest” the Indirect Function inside another function – e.g. =SUM(INDIRECT())

Later in the lesson, I show you how you can quickly  look up any cell at the “intersection” of a Named Row and a Named Column – e.g. April East. You use the SPACE BAR as the “Intersection Operator” to point to the cell where “April” meets “East.”

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Some of the Keyboard Shortcuts that I use in this lesson are:

  • Ctrl + A to select all of the cells in a Data Set
  • F3 to bring up a list of all the Named Ranges that have been created in the current workbook
  • Ctrl + Shift + F3 to create Named Ranges for the cells in the selection – using as Names, the Labels in the Top Row / Left Column

Here is a link to the 1st lesson in this series on the INDIRECT Function in Excel.

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