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Thank you so much, I have been away so have not tried your solution yet but it 
does look good.
I will test this in the morning, this could save me hours of work
Thank again

On Thursday 08 Nov 2012 14:19:22 Brian Barker wrote:
At 11:45 08/11/2012 +0000, Paul Stear wrote:
I have the same spreadsheet set I use each year.  The new
spreadsheet for 2013 will need to reference fields in the 2012
spreadsheet.  For the past few years I have manually changed the
Readings-2012 in every instance (well over 100).

I would like to be able to construct the spreadsheets with a method
to change the current year, eg 2013 minus 1 to give 2012 inserted so
that the ref in the 2013 spreadsheet reads;-
='file:///home/fred/Generation Readings-2012.ods'#$Jan.A68

Is this possible?

Yes.  You need to concatenate the required year value with the
strings required before and after it.  Suppose that you have the
current year - 2013 in your example - in A1 of your new
spreadsheet.  You need to concatenate "'file:///home/fred/Generation
Readings-" with A1-1 and ".ods'#$Jan.A68".  Note that the two single
quotes are part of the string you are creating and the four double
quotes delimit the two text strings, so the first string has a single
quote immediately following its opening double quote.  You can carry
out this concatenation using the & operator:
="'file:///home/fred/Generation Readings-"&A1-1&".ods'#$Jan.A68"
(The numerical expression A1-1 is converted to a string value

You might expect this to work, but it doesn't.  The formula above
results in a text string which is interpreted literally and not as a
cell reference to the other spreadsheet file.  But the trick you need
is available in the INDIRECT() function, which provides the necessary
conversion.  So the formula which works is
=INDIRECT("'file:///home/fred/Generation Readings-"&A1-1&".ods'#$Jan.A68")

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker
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