Excel Macro Examples

The following simple Excel macro examples where produced throughout the Excel-VBA-Tutorial to illustrate some of the features in VBA.

Excel Macro Example 1

The following Sub procedure was initially used to illustrate the use of comments in your VBA code. However, this code also contains examples of the use of variable declaration, Excel cell referencing, a 'For' loop, 'If' statements, and a message box.

' Sub procedure to search cells A1-A100 of the current active
' sheet, and find the cell containing the supplied string

Sub Find_String(sFindText As String)

    Dim i As Integer           ' Integer used in 'For' loop
    Dim iRowNumber As Integer   ' Integer to store result in

    iRowNumber = 0

    ' Loop through cells A1-A100 until 'sFindText' is found

    For i = 1 To 100
        If Cells(i, 1).Value = sFindText Then

            ' A match has been found to the supplied string
            ' Store the current row number and exit the 'For' Loop
            iRowNumber = i
            Exit For

        End If
    Next i

    ' Pop up a message box to let the user know if the text
    ' string has been found, and if so, which row it appears on

    If iRowNumber = 0 Then
        MsgBox "String " & sFindText & " not found"
        MsgBox "String " & sFindText & " found in cell A" & iRowNumber
    End If

End Sub

Excel Macro Example 2

The following Sub procedure is an example of use of a Do While Loop. However, it also contains examples of variable declarations, Excel cell referencing and the 'If' statement.

' Sub procedure to list the Fibonacci series for all values below 1,000

Sub Fibonacci()

    Dim i As Integer          ' counter for the position in the series
    Dim iFib As Integer       ' stores the current value in the series
    Dim iFib_Next As Integer  ' stores the next value in the series
    Dim iStep As Integer      ' stores the next step size

    ' Initialise the variables i and iFib_Next
    i = 1
    iFib_Next = 0

    ' Do While loop to be executed as long as the value
    ' of the current Fibonacci number exceeds 1000

    Do While iFib_Next < 1000

        If i = 1 Then
            ' Special case for the first entry of the series
            iStep = 1
            iFib = 0
            ' Store the next step size, before overwriting the
            ' current entry of the series
            iStep = iFib
            iFib = iFib_Next
        End If

        ' Print the current Fibonacci value to column A of the
        ' current Worksheet
        Cells(i, 1).Value = iFib

        ' Calculate the next value in the series and increment
        ' the position marker by 1
        iFib_Next = iFib + iStep
        i = i + 1

End Sub

Excel Macro Example 3

The following Sub procedure reads values from the cells of column A of the active spreadsheet, until it encounters a blank cell. The values are stored in an array. This simple Excel macro example illustrates the use of dynamic arrays and also the use of the Do Until loop - although in a real-life program you might expect something to be done with the array after collecting the data into it!

' Sub procedure store values in Column A of the active Worksheet
' into an array

Sub GetCellValues()

    Dim iRow As Integer          ' stores the current row number
    Dim dCellValues() As Double  ' array to store the cell values

    iRow = 1
    ReDim dCellValues(1 To 10)

    ' Do Until loop to extract the value of each cell in column A
    ' of the active Worksheet, as long as the cell is not blank

    Do Until IsEmpty(Cells(iRow, 1))

        ' Check that the dCellValues array is big enough
        ' If not, use ReDim to increase the size of the array by 10
        If UBound(dCellValues) < iRow Then
            ReDim Preserve dCellValues(1 To iRow + 9)
        End If

        ' Store the current cell in the CellValues array
        dCellValues(iRow) = Cells(iRow, 1).Value

        iRow = iRow + 1

End Sub

Excel Macro Example 4

The following Sub procedure reads values from Column A of the "Sheet2" Worksheet and performs arithmetic operations on the values. The resulting values are printed out into Column A of the current active Worksheet. This macros example shows the use of Excel objects. In particular, the Sub accesses the Columns object and illustrates how this is accessed from the Worksheet object. The example also illustrates how, when accessing a cell or cell range on the current active Worksheet, you do not need to include a reference to the Worksheet.

' Sub procedure to loop through the values in Column A of the Worksheet
' "Sheet2", perform arithmetic operations on each value, and write the
' result into Column A of the current Active Worksheet ("Sheet1")

Sub Transfer_ColA()

    Dim i As Integer
    Dim Col As Range
    Dim dVal As Double

    ' Set the variable 'Col' to be Column A of Sheet 2

    Set Col = Sheets("Sheet2").Columns("A")
    i = 1

    ' Loop through each cell of the column 'Col' until
    ' a blank cell is encountered

    Do Until IsEmpty(Col.Cells(i))

        ' Apply arithmetic operations to the value of the current cell

        dVal = Col.Cells(i).Value * 3 - 1

        ' The command below copies the result into Column A
        ' of the current Active Worksheet - no need to specify
        ' the Worksheet name as it is the active Worksheet.

        Cells(i, 1) = dVal
        i = i + 1


End Sub

Excel Macro Example 5

The following macro provides an example of vba code linked to an Excel Event. The macro is linked to the Excel Event, 'SelectionChange', which is activated every time a different cell or range of cells is selected within a worksheet. The code displays a message box if cell B1 is selected.

' Code to display a Message Box if Cell B1 of the current
' Worksheet is selected.

Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)

    ' Check if the selection is cell B1
    If Target.Count = 1 And Target.Row = 1 And Target.Column = 2 Then

        ' The selection IS cell B1, so carry out required actions
        MsgBox "You have selected cell B1"

    End If

End Sub

Excel Macro Example 6

The following Sub procedure illustrates the use of the On Error and Resume statements, for handling runtime errors. The code also includes examples of opening, and reading data from a file

' Sub procedure to set the supplied values, Val1 and Val2 to the values
' in cells A1 and B1 of the Workbook "Data.xls" in the C:\ directory

Sub Set_Values(Val1 As Double, Val2 As Double)

    Dim DataWorkbook As Workbook

    On Error GoTo ErrorHandling

        ' Open the Data Workbook

        Set DataWorkbook = Workbooks.Open("C:\Documents and Settings\Data")

        ' Set the variables Val1 and Val2 from the data in DataWorkbook

        Val1 = Sheets("Sheet1").Cells(1, 1)
        Val2 = Sheets("Sheet1").Cells(1, 2)


    Exit Sub


    ' If the file is not found, ask the user to place it into
    ' the correct directory and then resume

    MsgBox "Data Workbook not found;" & _
           "Please add the workbook to C:\Documents and Settings and click OK"

End Sub