# [SOLVED] Using named cells in a VBA function

## Issue

I have a worksheet where I have defined names for certain cells. These cells will be used in the function and I am calling them using their names.

However, I get 0 as a return of the function when I call it with Excel, as if the names were not linked or had a 0 value.

Below is the code I wrote. “Sum_Len_1”, “L_W_2” ans “L_W_1” are the names I gave to the source cells.

``````Function min_w(depth)

If depth < Sum_Len_1 Then
min_w = L_W_1 * 0.868 * depth / 1000
Else
min_w = L_W_1 * 0.868 * Sum_Len_1 / 1000 + L_W_2 * 0.868 * (depth - Sum_Len_1) / 1000
End If

End Function
``````

How can I solve the problem?

## Solution

If you just write `min_w = L_W_1 * 0.868 * depth / 1000` vba thinks `L_W_1` it’s variable (of the type variant with value=0).
You have to do it like this `Range("L_W_1").Value` to reference the named cell.

It should work if you change it to:

``````Function min_w(depth As Long)
If depth < Range("SUM_LEN_1").Value Then
min_w = Range("L_W_1").Value * 0.868 * depth / 1000
Else
min_w = Range("L_W_1").Value * 0.868 * Range("SUM_LEN_1").Value / 1000 + Range("L_W_2").Value * 0.868 * (depth - Range("SUM_LEN_1").Value) / 1000
End If
End Function
``````