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# Excel Workbook Reference

Posted on 2012-04-13
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Hello-

I need to scan some barcodes.

I need a list of total barcodes in sheet1, and then when I scan them into sheet2, I need to ensure there are no duplicates in sheet 2(if there are a msg box would be great).  I am assuming I would need coding for this, can anyone help out?

I already have the bardcodes to "match" in sheet 1, I just need a reference in sheet 2 saying "look in sheet 1, make sure there is a match, then look in sheet 2 and make sure this number doesnt appear anywhere"

Thanks!
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Expert Comment

ID: 37845533
Do you want to catch the duplicates after the fact and delete them or do you want to actively prevent duplicates?

Are familiar with the Match() worksheet function?
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Expert Comment

ID: 37845553
How about a formula?  If your scan codes in Sheet 1 are in column A, and in Sheet 2 you are also scanning them in column A, then we just need a test for uniqueness of all the numbers being scanned in Sheet 2.

If you need indicators of which scan code might be a duplicate, you can put this in Sheet 2, cell B2 and copy down (assumes scan codes start in row 2 on both sheets and go to 999, and you can change that range):

[B2]=COUNTIF(Sheet1!\$A\$2:\$A999,\$A2)

or

[B2]=COUNTIF(Sheet1!\$A:\$A,\$A2)

and copy down.  This assumes that the header in row 1 is different between the two sheets - e.g., "Scan Codes in System" header in A1 of Sheet1, and "Scan Codes being Scanned" in A1 of Sheet2.

If you just want to be advised that you have a duplicate (you can check one formula as you scan and if it advises you have a duplicate, you can address it right then):

Then, in D2, for example, you can sum what's in column B to identify how many duplicates were find (hopefully, that number doesn't go over 1 as you're addressing the duplicates as you scan:

Simply by using
[D2]=SUM(A:A)

However, if you only want ONE indicator for duplicates, you can forget about what I said, above, and use this formula:

[D2]=SUMPRODUCT(COUNTIF(Sheet1!\$A:\$A,\$A:\$A))

You can even add conditional formatting - e.g., on this formula, enhancing the formula with:

[D2]=IF(SUMPRODUCT(COUNTIF(Sheet1!\$A\$1:\$A\$1000,\$A\$1:\$A\$1000))>0,"YOU HAVE DUPLICATES","NO DUPLICATES")

And you can use conditional formatting on D2 to highlight RED when there are duplicates with:

=\$D\$2="YOU HAVE DUPLICATES" and set the fill to RED

See attached where column A in both sheets has a random number generator so you get different numbers with each calculation.  Of course, you'd populate Sheet 1 with your current numbers, then start populating sheet 2 as you scan.

Cheers,

Dave
showDuplicates-r1.xls
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Expert Comment

ID: 37845569
For a VBA approach, put this code in the Sheet2 codepage (hit ALT-11 and look to the left for VBPROJECT(showDuplicates r2.xls), then double click on Sheet 2 to select it.)

Then, copy/paste this code into Sheet2's codepage:
``````Option Explicit

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
Dim wksSheet1 As Worksheet
Dim rSheet1 As Range
Dim rSheet2 As Range
Dim vDuplicates As Variant
Dim xMsg As Long
Dim strDups As String
Dim r As Range

Set wksSheet1 = ThisWorkbook.Sheets("Sheet1")
Set rSheet1 = wksSheet1.Range("A1", wksSheet1.Range("A" & wksSheet1.Rows.Count).End(xlUp))
Set rSheet2 = Range("A1", Range("A" & Rows.Count).End(xlUp))

vDuplicates = Evaluate("SUMPRODUCT(COUNTIF(Sheet1!\$A\$1:\$A\$1000,\$A\$1:\$A\$1000))")
If Not IsError(vDuplicates) And vDuplicates > 0 Then
xMsg = MsgBox("Duplicate found, please address this issue" & vbCrLf & vbCrLf & "Do you want a list of locations with duplicates?", vbYesNo, "Hit yes to get the list")
If xMsg = vbNo Then Exit Sub
For Each r In rSheet2
vDuplicates = Evaluate("=COUNTIF(Sheet1!\$A\$2:\$A\$1000," & r.Address & ")")
If Not IsError(vDuplicates) And vDuplicates > 0 Then
If strDups = vbNullString Then
strDups = "ScanCode: " & r.Value & " At " & r.Address
Else
strDups = strDups & vbCrLf & "ScanCode: " & r.Value & " At " & r.Address
End If
End If
Next r
MsgBox strDups
End If
End Sub
``````

PS - the ALARM popup on duplicates occurs when you make a sheet change, so hitting F9 for the random numbers won't do it, but making a value change will.  Let me know if it works with your scanner, as I'd need to make a modification to handle if its not tripping the Worksheet_Change() event automatically.

So if r2 doesn't work for you, the use r3, which acts on the Worksheet_Calculate() event and should update and trigger the ALARM on duplicates when the scan codes are entered.

See attached.

Cheers,

Dave
showDuplicates-r2.xls
showDuplicates-r3.xls
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Author Comment

ID: 37848602
I would like to actively catch them.

Looking at the VBA solution, it stops a duplicate from sheet 1 to sheet 2.  I would like to make sure the number appears in sheet 1 (from a bank of pre-entered barcodes) and only appears in sheet 2 one time.

So it has to match sheet 1, and then if it does, it can be entered, unless the same number (or in this case barcode) has already been entered.

At this point, I have a countif in column 2 =COUNTIF('Reference Sheet'!\$B\$1:\$B\$788,A1)>0

So that if it appears in Sheet 1, it comes up true, then I have VBA code in Sheet 2:

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
Dim rng As Range
Set rng = Target.Cells.EntireColumn

If Application.WorksheetFunction.CountIf(rng, Target.Cells.Value) > 1 And Target.Cells.Value <> "" Then
MsgBox "Duplicate Value"
Application.EnableEvents = False
Target.Cells.Value = ""
Application.EnableEvents = True
End If

End Sub

I was hoping to get this all in 1 VBA , or if I can use Msg Box with countif, that would work too.  Any thoughts?  Thanks!
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Accepted Solution

dlmille earned 500 total points
ID: 37849400
Ok - first a match is used to ensure what's being entered in Sheet2 matches sheet 1, otherwise an error message pops up, and the entry is reversed via Application.Undo.  If it makes it past that first screen, and the item does exist in Sheet1, then it checks to see that only one instance of that item being entered exists in Sheet2, otherwise an error message pops up in that event and the entry is reversed via Application.Undo.

Here's the code which goes in Sheet 2's codepage:
``````Option Explicit

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
Dim wksSheet1 As Worksheet
Dim rSheet1 As Range
Dim rSheet2 As Range
Dim vDuplicates As Variant
Dim vMatch As Variant
Dim xMsg As Long
Dim strDups As String
Dim r As Range

If Target.Count = 1 And Target.Column = 1 And Target.Value <> vbNullString Then  'scanning should bring 1 code at a time, if this is copy/paste, do no validation; Scan codes are column 1, do no validation in other columns

Set wksSheet1 = ThisWorkbook.Sheets("Sheet1")
Set rSheet1 = wksSheet1.Range("A1", wksSheet1.Range("A" & wksSheet1.Rows.Count).End(xlUp))
Set rSheet2 = Range("A1", Range("A" & Rows.Count).End(xlUp))

'look for match of what was entered, with column A in Sheet 1
vMatch = Application.Match(Target.Value, rSheet1, 0)
If IsError(vMatch) Then
MsgBox "Scan code in Sheet2 does not have a match in Sheet1", vbCritical, "Undoing last scan"
Application.EnableEvents = False
Application.Undo
Application.EnableEvents = True
Else
'Make sure scan code being entered in Sheet 2 has no duplicates in Sheet 2
vDuplicates = Application.CountIf(rSheet2, Target.Value)
If Not IsError(vDuplicates) And vDuplicates > 1 Then
MsgBox "Valid Scan Code: " & Target.Value & " already entered in Sheet 2.  Duplicate found in Sheet 2, please address this issue", vbCritical, "Undoing last scan"
Application.EnableEvents = False
Application.Undo
Application.EnableEvents = True
End If
End If
End If
End Sub
``````

See attached.

Dave
showDuplicates-r4.xls
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Author Comment

ID: 37851421
That works perfect, how can I change the sheet names?  What changes do I need to make to the code?  Anywhere it says Sheet1?
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Expert Comment

ID: 37852226
See line 25
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Author Closing Comment

ID: 37853266
Great solution, thanks!
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Author Comment

ID: 37853271
So should I change the application.enableevents to false?

It appears that code is the same?
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Expert Comment

ID: 37854159
The rest of the code shouldn't change

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