I have a table in numbers, and I want a cell to equal the value of a cell in a different table. Following the advice of this Apple discussion, I tried

=Units Sold::B2

, with Units Sold being the table with the value I wanted, and B2 being the value I wanted in the table "Units Sold".

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To clarify, I want D2 of "Juice and Beverages" to equal the value of B2 of "Units Sold".

What am I doing wrong? Numbers for iCloud gives the error

The formula contains an invalid reference.


  • The syntax is correctly formatted, maybe you have formatted the cell to something. Once you start typing the table title it should auto populate after = – soulshined Feb 1 '15 at 18:59
  • @soulshined OK. If that is the case, how can I make it work? – rocket101 Feb 1 '15 at 19:00
  • Format your cell to 'Automatic' then proceed like normal. Type = then start typing Units Sold::B2 it should work. Or do what grgarside has displayed – soulshined Feb 1 '15 at 19:02
  • @soulshined Both cells are formatted to automatic, and it still doesn't work. – rocket101 Feb 1 '15 at 19:06
  • Try ⌘+Q and reopen Numbers and try again, there's nothing wrong with the syntax – soulshined Feb 1 '15 at 19:13

It does work in iCloud Numbers:

Select the cell you want the result in: i.e D2 of "Juice and Beverages"

And then in the text field at the top of the page enter:

=SUM('Units Sold' :: B2)

Take note of difference in how I have written it and how you did. Which was you main problem.

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When done, click the green tick button on the right. And you will see this as the end result.

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You can see some documentation on some of the included Functions by clicking into a cell and then into the:

1, text filed above:

2, you can search for a formula.

3,insert a Function template into the text field.

4, see a description of the Function and scrolling down further in the description you will see examples.

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Cross-table referencing is not currently possible in Numbers in iCloud.com.

In OS X, if typing doesn't work, simply press = then click the cell that you want to reference.

  • Not working - the cursor just appears in the cell I am trying to select. – rocket101 Feb 1 '15 at 18:59
  • @rocket101 You need to be in formula edit mode to click-select cell references. Make sure the formula edit bar is active. Alternatively, type the reference (see the left animation). – grg Feb 1 '15 at 19:02
  • It doesn't work in formula edit mode, the same thing happens. Bug? – rocket101 Feb 1 '15 at 19:07
  • @rocket101 This sounds like a bug then. Try it with a new spreadsheet to see if it's the spreadsheet. Do you have the latest version of Numbers? – grg Feb 1 '15 at 19:09
  • @I am using numbers in iCloud – rocket101 Feb 1 '15 at 19:10

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