I have one string that is dynamically built with existing ranges across multiple sheets. All these ranges are exactly the same structurally but with different data. I want to join them all into one master table for further processing. One example of such a string:


The path above is a result of the following formula:


I want to use the result of this formula with some function like INDIRECT. The problem is that INDIRECT does not support arrays.

Is that possible?

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    I don't think that appending edits is a good practice. If you think that question was not clear edit the question thinking on people that will read the question for first time. The revision history is just a click away. Aug 18, 2016 at 13:25
  • I think that you should use Google Apps Script instead of built-in functions. Please add more details like how may sheets are required and if that number if fixed or dynamic. Aug 18, 2016 at 13:44
  • Thank you Rubén for alerting about the edits. As for the Google Script, I think I'll create my own function. That may be the solution.
    – Naftali
    Aug 18, 2016 at 14:02

1 Answer 1


I managed to solve the problem by writing the script below. One change I did is that the value no longer contains "{}" characters at the start/end of the string.

function TEST_INDIRECTS() {

function INDIRECTS(string_array) {
  ret = [];

  var sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet();

  items = string_array.split(";");

  for (var idx in items) {
    var item = items[idx];
    var range = sheet.getRange(item);
    var range_array = range.getValues();

    MERGE_ARRAYS(ret, range_array);

  return ret;

function MERGE_ARRAYS(a, b) {
  for (var idx in b) {
    var item = b[idx];

    if (!IS_EMPTY_ARRAY(item)) {

function IS_EMPTY_ARRAY(item) {
  for (idx in item) {
    if(item[idx] != "") {
      return false;

  return true;

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