In this article, you will learn how to refer to a range in another Google Sheets file by the IMPORTRANGE function. In Google Sheets, you can’t refer to another file without any formula, so this function is beneficial for connecting two files and keeping imported information updated.
The general syntax is as follows:
Spredseet_url: You need to insert an URL in this argument. The quotation marks must be added at the beginning and end of the URL such as “XXX”.
Range_srting: This argument requires a sheet name and range. The two items must be combined with “!”, an exclamation mark, and enclosed with quotation marks. You can type in Named Range instead of inputting row and column indexes for the range in the referred file. For example, if you want to refer to a range of B2:F17 on a sheet named Sample, the argument should be “Sample!B2:F17”.
Look at a more specific example. Assume you want to refer to the data under the following assumptions.
Sheet: Consolidated P&L Dashboard
With these assumptions, the IMPORTRANGE formula must look as below.
=IMPORTRANGE(“https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1BmOfn6fpSZFQ-Ld2Ec65e8ZKX9ccFWggfWov5u37TNQ/edit#gid=2029313979”, “Consolidated P&L Dashboard!A16:F24”)
Once you allow access and wait until the formula completes loading, you can see values from the referred range, as shown below.
Note the following points:
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Learn how to do this step-by-step in the video below 👇