INDIRECT: a formula that lets you use text to reference cells

The indirect function allow you to enter a cell name or coordinate like A4 or B$7 or $AG$45 in a cell and use this text to get the value of the cell.

You can find the value of a cell by its name or coordinates.

You can even enter the name of a NAMED cell (see Naming cell chapter).

See the example here: in the Cells A3 there is the text value B3.   So by doing INDIRECT(A3), we get the value that is in B3.

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You can even refer to other sheets in your workbook.

Like here where the first page is the sales summary of a company. The next 2 sheets are the sales of two products.

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This was product 1 sales.

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Sales summary of product 2

And on the first page by typing the name of the product you can get the sum for product1 or product2. 

TIP: Note that the function is not sensible to Upper or Lower Case.

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This is a very powerful function.

It make your formulas insensible to deleting or adding of rows and columns. So for example if you always want to refer to the cell B3 do =indirect(B3)

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