# Concatenation and table nomenclature

COUNTIF TEXT INDIRECT

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### #1 phoenixrizing

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 03:52 PM

I want to count the number of values within a column belonging to a defined table.

The column header is a date. The column reference should change based on the date specified.

This is the formulas foundation:

COUNTIF(CommRSVPTable[4/20],75)

But the concept I'm going for is this:

COUNTIF(CommRSVPTable&"["&TEXT(N3,"mm/dd")&"]",75)

Despite some variations I've tried, I always get an error.

Thanks.

### #2 Jonathan

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 08:02 PM

Hi Phoenixrizing,

Excel will only convert text into cell or table references if you use the INDIRECT function to specifically tell it to do so.

You can find a full explanation of the INDIRECT function in the video lesson: Expert Skills Lesson 4-5 Use intersection range names and the INDIRECT function.

Applied to your formula, it will look like this:

COUNTIF(INDIRECT("CommRSVPTable["&TEXT(N3,"mm/dd")&"]"),75)

I hope this gives you the result you're looking for, but please feel free to reply if you need any more help with this.

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### #3 phoenixrizing

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 08:49 PM

Excellent, thanks so much, Jonathan!

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