Indirect References to a DSUM Parameter

Octavio has a worksheet that has a lot of named ranges in it. In one section of his worksheet he has a list of those names. In a formula that uses the DSUM function, Octavio wants to use different cells in this list to refer to the actual “database” that is used by the function. For instance, if “February11” is a named range and cell F12 contains the text “February11,” Octavio wants to specify F12 as the first parameter in the DSUM function and have it get the actual range. When he tries the following, where Criteria is a named range for the summation criteria, he gets an error:

=DSUM(F12, "Profit", Criteria)

The solution to this is to use, instead of the actual cell address, the results of the INDIRECT function. This function grabs whatever is at the cell it references and uses that content as a “pointer” to another cell or range. Thus, if cell F12 contains the text “February11”, the following two formulas provide the exact same result:

=DSUM(INDIRECT(F12), "Profit", Criteria)
=DSUM(February11, "Profit", Criteria)