Consolidating excel workbooks
Before you start: if your worksheets are identical, it's probably easier to create 3D-references (if you have one workbook) or External References (if you have multiple workbooks) to consolidate your data. However, the beauty of the Consolidate feature is that it can easily sum, count, average, etc this data by looking at the labels. Because our worksheets are not identical, we want Excel to sum cells that have the same labels. To learn more about Templates, see: Create a template.This is also an ideal time to set up your template with Excel tables.
If the data to consolidate is in the same cells on different worksheets: Enter a formula with a 3-D reference that uses a reference to a range of worksheet names.You can use Excel's Consolidate feature to consolidate your worksheets (located in one workbook or multiple workbooks) into one worksheet. If you check Create links to source data, Excel creates a link to your source data (your consolidated data will be updated if your source data changes) and creates an outline. Below you can find the workbooks of three districts. Use this method to consolidate data from a series of worksheets that have different layouts but have the same data labels.If the data to consolidate is in different cells on different worksheets: Enter a formula with cell references to the other worksheets, one for each separate worksheet.
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Use this method to consolidate data from a series of worksheets, such as departmental budget worksheets that have been created from the same template.