I have data across different sheets in my Google Spreadsheet, called "data(Joe)", "data(John)", etc. From another spreadsheet I want to review that data in a structured way. I would like to be able to switch between the datasets by entering the name "Joe" or "John" into a cell and then the formula knowing to look into the appropriate sheet.

For example, if in my sheet I have the formula =ARRAYFORMULA('data(Joe)'!A:A) that pulls across the A column data from another sheet. How can I implement this so that the name Joe is referenced by a cell, e.g.: =ARRAYFORMULA('data('A1!A:A) with cell A1 containing the word Joe?

Hope it's possible, and easy, but I suspect not...

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You can do this with the indirect formula:


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