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Can you go backwards in a For Each Loop?

Posted on 2010-09-18
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Let's say I'm going through cells in a range.

For Each cell in sheet.Range(myRange)

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Can I go backwards if a statement is true?  In other words, return to the previous cell.

For Each cell in sheet.Range(myRange)
    If deleteRow then 
         <go back a cell>
         cell.EntireRow.Delete
    End If
Next

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Thanks.
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Question by:growedup
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by:Ingeborg Hawighorst
ID: 33710265
Hello,

you can, but for deleting rows it is better to start at the bottom and work upwards. What are you trying to achieve?

Here is your code amended.

Better alternatives can be provided if you explain your project.

cheers, teylyn
For Each cell in sheet.Range(myRange)
    If deleteRow then 
         cell.offset(-1, 0).EntireRow.Delete
    End If
Next

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by:growedup
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Ah, I should clarify. I intend to to do more with the row after I the previous one.

The project is basically sorting a list.  I want all the cells in the column that contain (not equal to) a certain word at the top.  My code goes through each cell, if the word is not in the cell then I move it to the bottom.  I also apply some formatting.  

I tried your solution before I asked my question and the problem is that when a row is deleted, it skips some rows because all the row numbers change.  If I am on row 4 and I delete row 3, row 4 now becomes row 3 but cell still equals row 4.

Simplistically put, I am doing this:

go through each cell in column
if deleteRow then delete the row above, set deleteRow to false
does the cell contain the keyword?
if yes, apply formatting.
if no, move to bottom of list, apply formating, set deleteRow to True
start over
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by:growedup
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I just reread your post.  So can I go backwards in a range?  (A25:A1)?  That seems like it would fix my problem.  I will try.
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by:growedup
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That didn't work.  It still started at A1.
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RobSampson earned 200 total points
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Hi, you can go backwards if you have a reference that can calculate a minus, such a row number.

For example, if your range started at row 1 and ended at row 25, you can go backwards, referencing the row number, and the Step keyword.

For lngRow = 25 To 1 Step -1
    Set Cell = Cells(lngRow, "A")
    If deleteRow then
         cell.EntireRow.Delete
    End If
Next

Regards,

Rob.
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by:growedup
ID: 33710579
I was afraid of that.  Not a big deal, I suppose. I just have to change my code a bit.    I was hoping there was a way to do it using For Each...  Thanks for the help.
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by:RobSampson
RobSampson earned 200 total points
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No, For Each doesn't support that.  You should still be able to use the counter and determine the first and last rows in your range though.

Rob.
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