I have one sheet that needs to pick up singles sells for a lot of other sheets. On the other sheets I have to change the information each month and I work across the rows so I insert a row at the top of the information each month. e.g on the sheet I pick info up from cell e13 is a formula =b13+c13-d13 and I need to pick up the answer from e13 each month. I want my main sheet to pick up from cell e13 each month and not change to e14.

Does anyone know how I can do this please? The $ does not work and I have also tried a few other things which haven't worked.

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    "the $ does not work and I have also tried a few other things which haven't worked." It may help to explain exactly what you have tried. Please edit your question with further information. Aug 28, 2020 at 13:11
  • As ever, you will get the most efficient and effective help if you share a link to your sheet (or a copy of the sheet) here, being sure to set the sharing permission on the link to "Anyone with the link can edit."
    – Erik Tyler
    Aug 28, 2020 at 23:39
  • @ErikTyler The OP's question should provide ALL the information to be able to understand the problem and the solution without requiring a spreadsheet as well. In this case however, I suggest that a spreadsheet would add little value. since the data relationships are clearly described in the question.
    – Tedinoz
    Aug 29, 2020 at 3:56
  • @Tedinoz, I suggest that you answer the question if you understand it as posted. I'm not sure I understand the intent of your personal comment to me (another contributor) here in response to my making the common request for a shared link to the sheet.
    – Erik Tyler
    Aug 29, 2020 at 3:59
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    @Tedinoz, thank you for clarifying. A far as I've ever seen, on this site and others like it, requesting a link to a sheet, or a copy of the sheet with confidential data swapped with dummy data, or a representative sheet is the norm. As far as I can figure, it would never be an ethical issue, since it would be up to the user to provide access to a sheet that either didn't contain personal data, or one which they put a little work into adapting or creating for the purpose of getting help. This is also a volunteer service. No one is forcing a user to share anything, ever, to my knowledge.
    – Erik Tyler
    Aug 29, 2020 at 7:10

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Use INDIRECT to reference a specific cell. You can write the sheet/cell references longhand in the formula, or build it using variables.

Let's say that you have a sheet "Working", and a sheet "Main". "Working" has a new row inserted every month; "Main" must maintain a link to "Working" Cell E13 despite the new row.

In the relevant cell of "Main", insert this formula:


This will ALWAYS reference cell E13, regardless of how many rows are inserted on "Working".

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