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VBA Excel 'Find' Function

Posted on 2007-04-11
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I'm attempting to match the strings in a specific column of worksheet A with strings in a specific column in worksheet B.  Each match found results in the entire row being copied into a third worksheet.  The number of entries in the column in worksheet A varies, so the loop would continue until whatever the VBA equivalent of EOF would be when readiing from a column.   I attempted to record a macro where I used the 'Find'/CTRL-F function.  It didn't record anything, so I'm looking for the VBA function that's tied to this action.

As always, any help is greatly appreciated.

Jason
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by:dirknibleck
ID: 18890553
you just need to do:


activesheet.columns("A").find(activesheet.range("B1"))

(replace activesheet.range("B1") with whatever you are searching on)
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by:dirknibleck
ID: 18890569
The find function returns either a range or Nothing. (Nothing if it is empty)

so

while values in B

if not activesheet.column("A").find(activesheet.range("B1")) is nothing

  copy row to third sheet

end if

wend
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by:cdromes
ID: 18890978
Normally, if I want to select an entire row prior to copying I do something like

Rows("1294:1294").Select

In this case, I don't have the row number of the item that was found, so how do I go about marking the entire row for copying?
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by:dirknibleck
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row = activesheet.column("A").find(activesheet.range("B1")).row
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by:cdromes
ID: 18891163
I'm getting an error at the IF statement.  Do I need to add an '.offset' or a '.value' in order to be more specific about what's being tested?

RowCount = 1
Do
    Sheets("HiltboldRaw").Select
    If ActiveSheet.Column("A").Find(Sheets("AffyTags").Range("B1")) <> " " Then
       Sheets("AffyTags").Range("B1").Offset(RowCount, 0).Row.Select
       Selection.Copy
       Sheets("Test").Select
       Rows("RowCount:RowCount").Select
       ActiveSheet.Paste
    End If
    RowCount = RowCount + 1
Loop Until IsEmpty(Sheets("AffyTags").Range("B1").Offset(RowCount, 0).Value)
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by:dirknibleck
ID: 18891346
This:
 If ActiveSheet.Column("A").Find(Sheets("AffyTags").Range("B1")) <> " "

Has to be:

 If Not (ActiveSheet.Columns("A").Find(Sheets("AffyTags").Range("B1")) is nothing)

*note Columns not Column (that was an error in my original post)
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by:cdromes
ID: 18892101
It ran, but nothing was copied.  There are 32 matches that I know of.  Are there issues with this:

Sheets("AffyTags").Range("B1").Offset(RowCount, 0).Row.Select
Selection.Copy

?
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dirknibleck earned 50 total points
ID: 18894928
try:

rowcount= sheets("AffyTags").range("B1").end(xldown).row


for i = 1 to rowcount

    Sheets("HiltboldRaw").Select
    If Not (ActiveSheet.Columns("A").Find(Sheets("AffyTags").Range("B1")) is nothing) Then
       Sheets("AffyTags").Rows(i).Copy
       Sheets("Test").Select
       Rows("i").Select
       ActiveSheet.Paste
    End If
next i
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