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Worksheet_Change event not running when DELETE key is used

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Hi, Experts:
I've seen a couple of questions like this but none were answered in a way that helped me, so sorry for any redundancy. I need the Worksheet_Change event to delete contents in some cells if a specific cell's contents are deleted. But the code won't run if the cell is changed with the Delete key....this is driving me nuts. Can someone please help? Partial code is below. Thanks!
If Not Intersect(Target, Range("A9:A21")) Is Nothing Then

        'first employee

        If Target.Address = "A9" Then

            If Target = "" Then

                Application.EnableEvents = False

                Cells(Target.Row, Target.Column + 1).Value = ""

                Cells(Target.Row, Target.Column + 2).Value = ""

                Cells(Target.Row, Target.Column + 3).Value = ""

                Cells(Target.Row, Target.Column + 4).Value = ""

                Cells(Target.Row, Target.Column + 5).Value = ""

                Cells(Target.Row, Target.Column + 6).Value = ""

                Cells(Target.Row, Target.Column + 7).Value = ""

            End If

            'more code will follow

            Application.EnableEvents = True

        End If

     End If

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by:StephenJR
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Try this. I took the liberty of shortening your code as well.
Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)

If Not Intersect(Target, Range("A9:A21")) Is Nothing Then
    'first employee
    If Target.Address = "$A$9" Then
        If Target = "" Then
            Application.EnableEvents = False
            Target.Offset(, 1).Resize(, 7).ClearContents
        End If
        'more code will follow
        Application.EnableEvents = True
    End If
End If

End Sub

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The following code (slightly mofifies your code) worked when I tried ( for change and delete)
Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)

   If Not Intersect(Target, Range("A9:A21")) Is Nothing Then

        'first employee

        If Target.Address = "$A$9" Then

            If Target = "" Then

                Application.EnableEvents = False

                Cells(Target.Row, Target.Column + 1).Value = ""

                Cells(Target.Row, Target.Column + 2).Value = ""

                Cells(Target.Row, Target.Column + 3).Value = ""

                Cells(Target.Row, Target.Column + 4).Value = ""

                Cells(Target.Row, Target.Column + 5).Value = ""

                Cells(Target.Row, Target.Column + 6).Value = ""

                Cells(Target.Row, Target.Column + 7).Value = ""

            End If

            'more code will follow

            Application.EnableEvents = True

        End If

     End If



End Sub

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by:nbozzy
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Neither approach worked for me, so I am attaching my file (see PerDiem sheet). Two things that might have an affect: Cell A9 is merged with B9:D9, and A9 is populated with a drop-down list.

And StephenJR - your code modification was very interesting to me! Thanks for the new trick!
EXPENSE-REPORT-MASTER---022510.xls
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Yes I think it's the merged cells which throws the code. Merging cells is never recommended. If you need the formatting, try Centre Across Selection instead.
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But then Center Across Selection allows the user to click in any of the 4 cells, which will easily confuse them. Suggestions, please?
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by:StephenJR
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No, the change event will only be triggered by A9 changing. My only suggestion is not to merge cells! You may have to rethink your layout but that's a different matter.
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The layout has been around for years and I inherited it. Is there no way to get the code to work with the cells merged?
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If you comment out this line,
'If Target.Cells.Count > 1 Then Exit Sub
and change other section to this

If Not Intersect(Target, Range("A9:D9")) Is Nothing Then
            If Target(1, 1) = "" Then

it seems to work. If you need the former restriction, I think you may have to add to each of the other sections. If you need help with that, we may be able to advise on how to re-write the code.
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Perhaps this works? Untested.
Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)

'PerDiem worksheet, Expense Report Master file
'Populate dollar amounts if Job# and Employee name
'Pays $30

Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Application.DisplayAlerts = False
    
If Not Intersect(Target, Range("E8:K20")) Is Nothing And Target.Count = 1 Then
    'first employee
    If Not Intersect(Target, Range("E8:K8")) Is Nothing Then
        If Cells(Target.Row + 1, "A") <> "" Then
            Cells(Target.Row + 1, Target.Column) = "30"
        Else
            Application.EnableEvents = False
            MsgBox "Please FIRST choose the Employee Name."
            Cells(Target.Row, Target.Column) = ""
        End If
        Application.EnableEvents = True
    End If

    'second employee
    If Not Intersect(Target, Range("E12:K12, E16:K16, E20:K20")) Is Nothing And Target.Count = 1 Then
        If Cells(Target.Row + 1, "A") <> "" Then
            Cells(Target.Row + 1, Target.Column) = 30
        Else
            Application.EnableEvents = False
            MsgBox "Please FIRST choose the Employee Name."
            Cells(Target.Row, Target.Column) = ""
        End If
        Application.EnableEvents = True
    End If
End If
    
'Delete dollar amounts if employee name is deleted
If Not Intersect(Target, Range("A9:A21")) Is Nothing Then
    'first employee
    If Not Intersect(Target, Range("A9:D9")) Is Nothing Then
        If Target(1, 1) = "" Then
            Application.EnableEvents = False
            Target.Offset(, 1).Resize(, 7).ClearContents
        End If
        'more code will follow
    Application.EnableEvents = True
    End If
 End If

Application.ScreenUpdating = True
Application.DisplayAlerts = True

End Sub

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StephenJR, that worked! I'm very grateful because I learned TWO things: how to slay the savage merged cells, and why to not use them myself! Thanks a million for your persistence.
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Good news. That is an important lesson in life!
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StephenJR: regarding your code (which you snuck in as I was fashioning my reply), this line didn't work: Target.Offset(, 1).Resize(, 7).ClearContents. Instead I commented it out and used my plodding first attempt, which did work. If you have an idea for this cleaner code, I'd be interested. Thanks!
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Funny, it worked for me. See if this variation works.

Target(1,1).Offset(, 1).Resize(, 7).ClearContents
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Oops -- silly me...mine didn't work because I tried to "fix" it for the merged cell logic, and I changed the offset column to 5. Putting it back to 1 worked beautifully. Thanks so much for all the new knowledge!
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