I am creating a performance tracker for my employees, and I'd like to have a sheet named for each person's first name, with all the metrics by date. I'd then like to create a performance page that will let me use data validation to have a drop down of employee/sheet name and date to pull in just the information for that person.

In my mind, it would look something like


where A1 would be the dropdown list of names of the sheets.

I'm very self taught, and my knowledge of Sheets has a LOT of gaps, so any advice would be incredibly helpful!

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You can do this with the INDIRECT function, which takes a cell reference as a string. INDIRECT("A1") (note the quotes) is equal to A1. The benefit of this is that you can use & to concatenate multiple strings to create the final reference.

Using this, your example would look like this:

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    – Blake
    Oct 5, 2021 at 1:08

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