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use vb (not VBA) to search EXCEL Cells

Posted on 2007-11-13
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I am using Visual Basic Express Edition and would like to search an Excel file for a particular Value in a specific cell. Is this possible without getting a brain cramp?
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by:Wayne Taylor (webtubbs)
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Hi evault,

Using late binding (ie, no references required)....

        Dim xlApp As Object = CreateObject("Excel.Application")
        Dim xlWB As Object = xlApp.Workbooks.Open("C:\WorkbookPath.xls")
        Dim xlWS As Object = xlWB.Worksheets("Sheet1")
        Dim xlFndCell As Object = xlWS.Cells.Find("the value", , -4163, 1)
        If Not xlFndCell Is Nothing Then
            MsgBox("The value is found in cell " & xlFndCell.Address)
        End If
        xlWB.Close()
        xlApp.Quit()
        xlWS = Nothing
        xlWB = Nothing
        xlApp = Nothing

Regards,

Wayne
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by:evault
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Wayne,

Awesome. It worked. How about searchnig a specific cell, say E:21 for another 150 pts?
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Wayne Taylor (webtubbs) earned 400 total points
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evault,

What do you mean searching for a specific cell? It's always in the same place. To get the value from E21, you'd do something like this....

        Dim xlApp As Object = CreateObject("Excel.Application")
        Dim xlWB As Object = xlApp.Workbooks.Open("C:\WorkbookPath.xls")
        Dim xlWS As Object = xlWB.Worksheets("Sheet1")
        MsgBox "The Value od cell E21 is " & xlWS.Range("E21").Value
        xlWB.Close()
        xlApp.Quit()
        xlWS = Nothing
        xlWB = Nothing
        xlApp = Nothing

Wayne
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by:evault
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Wayne,

I am looking through 100s of Excel spreadsheets, searching for a spefiic value in cell E21.
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by:Wayne Taylor (webtubbs)
ID: 20278124
evault,

You'll need to open each of them, and check the value of cell E21 (as I've shown above) versus the value you are looking for.

Wayne
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by:evault
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Wayne,

If I may be so bold, could you recomend a good book for VB. I have 20+ years as a programmer but almost experience with VB (you may have noticed).
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by:Wayne Taylor (webtubbs)
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I can't recommend any books, sorry, as I don't use any. My suggestion is to use the F1 key heaps, and ask stacks of questions here on EE.
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by:evault
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Good enough. I can use your snippet to accomplish what I need. Thanks.
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