My problem is quite simple but describing it is somewhat complicated.

I have four cells containing four integers, which signify row and column numbers of two cells. E.g.

     A    B
1    54   23
2    154  123

So we have two cells:

  • Cell #1: row 54, column 23 and
  • Cell #2 row 154, column 123.

I want to sum the contents of all cells between Cell #1 and Cell #2. Of course, I want references to cells A1, A2, B1, B2 containing the relevant values, not the actual values. Say, I want to put this sum in cell C3.

In VBA it would be simple (albeit lengthy):

Range("C3").Cells = WorksheetFunction.Sum( _
    Range(Cells(Cells(1,1),Cells(1,2)), _

How to do it without VBA?

I tried something like =SUM(ADDRESS(A1,B1),ADDRESS(A2,B2)). My problem is, using ADDRESS() returns text. If I place this text in SUM(), it returns an error.


[Edited - I originally misread the question]

One way to do this would be to use the OFFSET function to locate the range you want.


OFFSET(A1,A1-1,B1-1) represents a one cell range whose row and column numbers are the values in A1 and A2. The last two parameters (A2-A1+1 and B2-B1+1) are the number of rows and columns in the new range.

  • Much more simple than mine. - Use this one. – B540Glenn May 11 '18 at 14:30
  • Perfect and simple! I need to review the OFFSET function. Sorry guys, I can't upvote your posts (too low reputation) Blackwood & @B540Glenn – vpprof May 11 '18 at 15:42

Indirect and Address are volatile use INDEX:


It ain't pretty buy it appears to work.


It converts the cell contents to R1C1 style references (i.e. R54C23). From there, it converts it into a fixed reference (i.e. $W$54). It then uses that as in indirect to plug into the SUM() function.

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