Category: VBA Excel Tricks

VBA is not a scripting language…

VBA – How to avoid naming variables with non-latin alphabet characters (special letters)

Writing code in the local language is actually taught by about 100% of the German VBA books, which I have read. Which is “kind of ok”, if the VBA code only works on German computers. However, if this is not

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VBA – Color Only Half of the Border of an Excel Cell

Coloring the border of an Excel cell is a trivial task. The LineColor feature in Excel is easy to use out of the box: However, whenever half of the cell needs to be colored, the trick is a bit more tough

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VBA – Longest Palindromic Subsequence Algorithm with Excel – GIF

After writing about the longest palindromic substring, now it is time to see the longest palindromic subsequence. What is the difference? Pretty much, if we take the word abracadabra: the longest substring is ada in abracadabra the longest subsequence is

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VBA – Longest Palindromic Substring Algorithm with Excel – GIF

The longest palindromic substring algorithm exists since 1975. It is different (and easier) than the longest palindromic subsequence. The idea of the substring is to return “anana”, if “bananazorro” is given. This is achieved with a 2 dimensional boolean array matrix and

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VBA – Insert an image/picture in Excel and position it correctly

Inserting an image to Excel with VBA is actually one line: ThisWorkbook.Worksheets(1).Pictures.Insert ("C:\Users\myPic.png") The interesting part happens, when it should be correctly positioned. In order to position it the way we want, we need to give 3 parameters – the image

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VBA – Put a Collection inside a Scripting Dicitonary OR Make an Updateable ComboBox

The idea of the article is to make an updateable combobox, which takes all the keys of column A and writes them to the ComboBox. Then, upon selection of the corresponding values in the combobox, it provides the corresponding values

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VBA – ListBox in Excel – Adding, Editing and Removing Data

The idea of the article is to show how to add, edit and remove specific entries of the ListBox in Excel through VBA: ListBox is a control, which is available through Developer>Insert>ActiveX>ListBox in Excel: Once you add it, it has

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VBA – Reverse words in a sentence

Reversing words in a sentence with VBA in Excel is quite easy, using the built-in StrReverse function. StrReverse takes a string and reverses it. Thus, “VitoshAcademy.com” becomes “moc.ymedacAhsotiV”: The idea of reversing the order of the words in a sentence

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VBA – Cells and Ranges in Excel (A bit more than the standard story)

Excel’s ranges and cells are both complicated and very simple. They are simple, because everyone has an idea what is a range and what is a cell, and they are complicated, because these are both: Properties of the worksheet object

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VBA – Benford Analysis (First-Digit Law)

Long time ago, an astronomer called Benford was taking a look at logarithm books, noticing that the earlier pages (starting with 1) are pretty much more worn out than the later ones. He thought about the result, and managed to

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VBA – Dictionary

VBA has a dictionary structure. Dictionary is an object, and it can be referenced either with early binding or with a late binding, referring to Microsoft Scripting Runtime: What is a dictionary? This is the Microsoft definition of the VBA

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C# – CodeForces – From Hero to Zero

It was some time ago, since I last took a look at programming challange in CodeForces, thus I have decided to take a look again. So, I chose the lowest problem of the second division just to boost up my

Top VBA-Excel errors

Some months ago #VBA was finally considered the most dreaded language in the 2019 StackOverflow survey: One of the reasons for this, is probably that #VBA is quite too easy to enter, thus plenty of non-IT professionals feel fascinated about

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VBA – Abstract classes. Classes, that cannot be instantiated.

There are parts of #VBA, that can scare any VBA developer, who has not bumped into other languages. Although, the “abstract class” term is quite popular in C# and other languages, and is quite easy to be created, in VBA,

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C# – Reading from Excel Spreadsheets with Asynchronous Programming (Async)

Reading from Excel in C# is actally not at tough as many VBA developers would assume. The simple reading is actually quite straightforward – there is only small little trick, requiring the adding of the Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel reference to the Visual

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C# – How to get the last filled cell of a given row in Excel

Getting the last row of a given column in Excel with a formula or with VBA is quite a trivial task. It is explained here quite well 🙂 However, when we come to C#, the only “trick” that is provided

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C# – Find the Biggest Square in a Matrix – What can Excel and VBA add to it?

Finding the biggest square of specific units in a given matrix of these units is a standard dynamic programming problem. The examples in Google for it are above 18 million, thus I would simply show how it is done with

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VBA – How to copy a new object in VBA, without copying its reference

Copying an object in VBA to a new object is somehow tough. If you use  Set foo = bar then, both foo and bar would be pointing to the same address in the heap. And if you change the properties of one, you would automatically

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VBA – Environmental Variables

The environmental variables are a dynamic-named values that can affect the way running processes will behave on a computer. With other words, if you want to see them in your PC, simply open the command prompt and write the nice word

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VBA – Data scraping from Internet with Excel – Part 2

Some time ago I wrote an article for Data scraping from Internet with Excel , which was scraping book information from amazon.com, based on a given word. Thus, for a keyword as “VBA”, this is the data, printed in the immediate

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VBA – Add Shape to Range in Excel

Adding shapes to a range in VBA with Excel is actually a trivial task, if you are aware of the Shapes.AddShape method. It has 5 parameters, 4 of which could be pretty easily remapped to the parameters of the range:

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VBA – Animation with Excel

Animation consists of some pictures. In general, there are about 24 pictures per second, in order to do the “magic”. This could be easily automated with Excel, using  Application.Wait (Now + #12:00:01 AM#), if we agree to make it a bit old-fashioned, with 1 picture

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VBA – Extracting text from string between two identical characters using VBA

Automation of Excel is actually pretty interesting task. VBA is indeed the best built-in tool for this and although there is a lot of “hate” towards it it really deserves to be taken into account seriously, at least for small daily

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VBA – RegEx Used to Take the Valuable Data Out

Writing for RegEx in VBA is sometimes a good idea and sometimes a bad idea. Anyway, if you need to write one, you better be careful. These are the RegEx articles in VBA in VitoshAcademy so far: https://www.vitoshacademy.com/vba-regex-in-excel-part-2/ https://www.vitoshacademy.com/vba-regex-in-excel/ So,

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VBA – AutoMacro AddIn – VBA Software Review

VBA is extremely underestimated programming language. I have always been thinking that there are almost no real #VBA developers, because the “real” developers do not want to do some meaningless “macro” stuff and the people who work with #VBA are

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VBA – How to check messages for specific words before sending them with Outlook

Gmail has the option to revert a message for about 10 seconds after you have sent it: Well, Outlook with VBA can do similar things, if you are willing to program it a bit with VBA. Let’s say that you

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Last Used Row (Last Used Column) in Excel with Formula (without VBA)

Getting the last row of a given column in Excel is easily done with a User-Defined Function in VBA:

There are two other formulas, which would get the last used cell in a given row, depending on whether it

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VBA – How to handle only specific errors in VBA

Sometimes, but only sometimes, someone needs to handle specific VBA errors and to avoid them. Or to ignore them. Or anything like this. Let’s say, you want to avoid error number 91, because you think that it is a case

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Add comments in Excel with VBA

Adding comments with VBA is somehow quite a trivial task, if you already have the text of the comment and you are allowed to delete the comment if it is present. In general, the only difficult part is the check,

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Call Stack Dialog Box in VBA

Calling the stack dialog box in VBA is actually a very useful feature of the VBA Editor. This is what the Microsoft documentation says about it: Displays a list of currently active procedure calls during break mode. When executing code

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