Strategies for Managing Column Counting in Workarounds for Smartsheet CrossSheet Reference Limits?
Hello Smartsheet community,
I've hit the limit of crosssheet references allowed in Smartsheet, which has led me to adopt a workaround using formulas like =INDEX({CrossSheet Range}, MATCH(target_value, {Match_Range}, 0), column_index)
. This solution allows me to continue referencing data across sheets without adding more crosssheet references. However, this method requires manually counting columns to determine the correct column_index
, which is prone to errors and quite cumbersome as the number of columns grows.
Is there a more efficient way to determine the correct column index without manually counting each time? Perhaps a function or a feature within Smartsheet that I might not be aware of that could simplify or automate this part of the process?
Any advice or tips to make this easier would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you!
Answers

@alamn Hello! I have begun using lots of INDEX/MATCH formulas as well. I don't have an elegant solution, but what I am doing is modifying column names to include the column number (1Name; 2Phone, etc.) so that the number is easily identifiable.
The one challenge is that you can't move the columns around in the sheets — something I have tended to do a lot, depending on the task at hand. Someone else may have a better idea!
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