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Tying Workbooks Together in Excel

There are a few different ways to tie workbooks together in Excel. One way is to use links between the workbooks. Another way is to use macros to automate tasks between the workbooks. And yet another way is to use Microsoft Query to combine data from multiple workbooks into one.

Links Between Workbooks

You can link cells in one workbook to cells in another workbook. To do this, open both workbooks in Excel. Then, select the cell in the first workbook that you want to link to a cell in the second workbook. Right-click on the cell and select "Hyperlink." In the "Insert Hyperlink" window, click on the "Existing File or Web Page" option on the left. Then, click on the Browse button. Find and select the second workbook. Click on the sheet that contains the cell you want to link to and then click on the cell itself. Finally, click on the OK button.

The cell in the first workbook will now be linked to the cell in the second workbook. Any changes made to the value in either cell will be reflected in both cells. You can also link entire ranges of cells instead of just single cells.


Macros can be used to automate tasks between two or more workbooks. For example, you could create a macro that copies data from one workbook and pastes it into another workbook. Or, you could create a macro that opens all of your workbooks and then runs a specific set of commands on each one.

To create a macro, open the Visual Basic Editor (VBE) by pressing Alt+F11. Then, insert a new module by going to Insert > Module. In the module, type or paste your macro code. To run your macro, press F5 or go to Run > Run Sub/UserForm.

Microsoft Query

Microsoft Query can be used to combine data from multiple Excel workbooks into one. To do this, open Microsoft Query by going to Start > Programs > Microsoft Query. In Microsoft Query, choose "MS Excel Files" as your data source and then browse for and select all of your Excel workbooks. Once your workbooks are selected, click on the "Add Tables" button.

Next, select which worksheets and cells you want to query by clicking on them and then clicking on the "Add" button. When you're done selecting which data you want to query, click on the "Close" button.

Now, you can create your query by adding conditions and choosing which columns you want to include in your results. When you're done creating your query, click on the "Run" button.

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