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Hi

I am writing an Excel VBA app wich does certain things based on the type of
content in a cell.
What is the best way to see if a cell contains text, numbers, dates etc
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Question by:Murray Brown
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by:Rory Archibald
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You could use TypeName(Activecell.value)

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Rory
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adraughn earned 500 total points
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I wrote code for this. It distinguishes between text, true formulas, formulas that contain values and numeric. This particular instance will color code the cells for you.

First the function:
*********************************************************************
Function TypeOfValue(cell As Range) As Long
    Dim i As Long
    Dim s As String
    Dim lReturn As Long
    If cell.HasFormula Then 'Does this cell contain a formula?
        'Yes, cell contains a formula return either 2 or 3


        'Assume 2, unless proven otherwise
        lReturn = 2


        'Scan text of cell one character at a time
        For i = 1 To Len(cell.Formula)
            'look at current character from string position i
            s = Mid(cell.Formula, i, 1)
     'Is current character a letter
            Select Case UCase(s)
                Case "A" To "Z"
                    'Yes, character is a letter, return 3
                    lReturn = 3


                    'Stop scanning, we've found a letter
                    Exit For
                Case Else
                    'No, character not a letter
            End Select
        Next i
    Else
        'No, cell does not contain a formula, return either 1 or 4


        If IsNumeric(cell.Text) Then
            'Return 1, if the cell contains a numeric value
            lReturn = 1
        Else
            'Return 4, if the cell does not contain a num
            lReturn = 4
        End If
    End If
  'return type of value
    TypeOfValue = lReturn
End Function
*********************************************************************
Then an example of how to use it: (may want to change the col & row
Index)
*********************************************************************
Sub FormatCellsByType()
    For rwIndex = 1 To 10
        For colIndex = 1 To 10
            ActiveSheet.Cells(rwIndex, colIndex).Select
            If Len(ActiveCell.Text) > 0 Then
                Select Case TypeOfValue(ActiveCell)
                    Case 1
                        'Whatever you want to do to values (Ex: 35)
                        Selection.Font.ColorIndex = 5  'Blue
                    Case 2
                        'Whatever you want to do with value formulas
(Ex:=64+25)
                        Selection.Font.ColorIndex = 46 'Orange
                    Case 3
                        'Whatever you want to do with formulas (Ex:
=if)
                        Selection.Font.ColorIndex = 10 'Green
                    Case 4
 'Whatever you want to do with text (Ex: text)
                        Selection.Font.ColorIndex = 3 'Red
                End Select
            End If
          Next colIndex
    Next rwIndex
End Sub






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by:Murray Brown
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great. thanks very much
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