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excel - paste special - column widths

Posted on 2001-06-13
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I have a worksheet that I'm selection a range with:
Sheets("Rate").Select
Range("Page").Select

I am copying it by:
selection.copy

I'm then creating a new workbook by:
Set newbook = Application.Workbooks.Add
newbook.Activate

My goal here is to paste the data in the range to the new sheet including formatting, column size, and values, but not with links.  The only way I have come close is to do this is:

    Selection.PasteSpecial Paste:=xlFormats, Operation:=xlNone, SkipBlanks:= _
        False, Transpose:=False
    Selection.PasteSpecial Paste:=xlValues, Operation:=xlNone, SkipBlanks:= _
        False, Transpose:=False
    Selection.PasteSpecial Paste:=xlColumnWidths, Operation:=xlNone, _
        SkipBlanks:=False, Transpose:=False

The problem is I get an error "Pastespecial method of range class failed" Runtime error "1004".  The other two work fine.  What do I need to do to get the column width to be copied?  Any help is greatly appreciated.  Thanks.
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by:Dreamboat
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Daron, you can't do it when you manually paste, so I doubt you're going to get VBA to do it WITH the paste, so if you know the column width, you may need to add this line after you paste (because the pasted area should still be selected, right?)

    Selection.ColumnWidth = 15   (15 = column width ##)
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by:daron
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The range being selected is something like A5:T87.  I recorded a macro, selected this manually, did edit->copy,
then file->new->workbook, then edit->pastespecial->columnwidths, then edit->pastespecial->formats, then edit->pastespecial->values and this worked.  But if you try to run the code it produces, it hangs on the column width line.  Here is the code I generated when I recorded the above steps:

    Range("A5:T87").Select
    ActiveWindow.SmallScroll Down:=-45
    Selection.Copy
    Workbooks.Add
    Selection.PasteSpecial Paste:=xlColumnWidths, Operation:=xlNone, _
        SkipBlanks:=False, Transpose:=False
    Selection.PasteSpecial Paste:=xlFormats, Operation:=xlNone, SkipBlanks:= _
        False, Transpose:=False
    Selection.PasteSpecial Paste:=xlValues, Operation:=xlNone, SkipBlanks:= _
        False, Transpose:=False

I'm getting the formats and values to work in the code, but not the columnwidths.
Thanks.
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by:daron
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I think this is the solution:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q231/0/90.ASP?LN=EN-US&SD=gn&FR=0&qry=xlColumnWidths&rnk=1&src=DHCS_MSPSS_gn_SRCH&SPR=MSALL

There is an error in the constant microsoft has for the columnwith. setting it to 8 will correct this.


THanks for the help.  I want to delete this question.  I'll post another question and throw you some points for the assistance.  Thanks.
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by:Dreamboat
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daron: you've posted your own solution; no need to give points. Go to community support (link at left) and ask them to put this question in the PAQ so others will find your solution when they search. CS will give your points back. Save your points for when you REALLY need them! LOL
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by:cri
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Be aware that this will only work on Excel 2000, for Excel 97 you will have to use an array to store the column widths.
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by:blakeh1
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Normally in excel if you copy the whole column and paste you get the column width.
you could try something like the following will retain column widths (at least it did when I tested it). Of course this will only work if you are pasting starting at row 1. If not it will fail.

Sheets("Sheet1").Activate
Range("A1:B1").EntireColumn.Select
Selection.Copy
Sheets("Sheet2").Activate
Range("A1").Select
   
Selection.PasteSpecial Paste:=xlFormats, Operation:=xlNone, SkipBlanks:= _
       False, Transpose:=False
Selection.PasteSpecial Paste:=xlValues, Operation:=xlNone, SkipBlanks:= _
       False, Transpose:=False


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daron has requested that this be PAQs vs. awarded, since the answer was found outside this process.

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