How to get JOIN working when referencing another sheet?

pdv90 ✭✭✭
edited 06/12/23 in Formulas and Functions

I'm using the JOIN formula, if I put the formula on the same sheet as my column references, it works just fine, however when I move this to a separate sheet and update the column references to the other sheet I get the error #UNPARSEABLE.

I haven't removed any of the formula delimiters only which sheet I'm referencing. 

Any ideas on why I'm unable to get this to work cross-sheets would be greatly appreciated:  Example of Formula when contained in 1 sheet:

=JOIN([Deployed Location - Office/Project]@row:[Deployed Location - Room Number]@row, " - ")

Example of Formula referencing separate sheet:

=JOIN({Sheet - Coolab/CoolFx/TC/CH4 Inventory Range 1}:[Sheet - Coolab/CoolFx/TC/CH4 Inventory Range 2}, " - ")


  • Andrée Starå
    Andrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi @pdv90

    I hope you're well and safe!

    You can add a so-called helper column that JOIN the columns in the other sheet, and then you'd collect it back to the main sheet.

    Make sense?

    Did that work/help?

    I hope that helps!

    Be safe, and have a fantastic week!


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  • pdv90
    pdv90 ✭✭✭

    Hi Andree,

    Thanks for your reply.

    In fact I was already working with the helper column. I wanted to know why the JOIN function doesn't work on it's own and if I was doing anything wrong.

    Thank you again!

    Hope you have an amazing week yourself.

  • pdv90
    pdv90 ✭✭✭

    I'm just linking the cell to the corresponding cell.

    Haven't used Collect function.

    To my understanding Collect has to be used within another function. Here I just need the alphanumeric values in one cell(the helper cell) to be replicated in another cell which is in another sheet.

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