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To create a name in Excel, select all the cells you want to include, and then either go to the sheet: Once the name is created, you are free to use it in your external references in Excel.

When this option is set to manual, Excel recalculates only when you click the Calculate Now or Calculate Sheet button.

If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, you can recalculate by pressing the F9 key.

The main benefit of using an Excel external reference is that whenever the referenced cell(s) in another worksheet changes, the value returned by the external cell reference is automatically updated.

Although external references in Excel are very similar to cell references, there are a few important differences.

In this tutorial, we'll start with the basics and show how to create various external reference types with detailed steps, screenshots and formula examples.

To reference a cell or range of cells in another worksheet in the same workbook, put the worksheet name followed by an exclamation mark (! In other words, in an Excel reference to another worksheet, you use the following format: Reference to an individual cell: When writing a formula that refers to cells in another worksheet, you can of course type that other sheet name followed by an exclamation point and a cell reference manually, but this would be a slow and error-prone way.

When the source workbook is open, an Excel external reference includes the workbook name in square brackets (including the file extension), followed by the sheet name, exclamation point (! In other words, you use the following reference format for an open workbook reference: When you reference another workbook in Excel, that other workbook does not necessarily need to be open.

If the source workbook is closed, you must add the entire path to your external reference.

The format of such references is much simpler than the format of an Excel sheet reference and workbook reference discussed earlier, which makes the formulas with name references easier to comprehend.