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Compare Before Insert Excel

Posted on 2012-09-18
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Last Modified: 2012-09-18
Hello All,

I have a compare / insert issue before copy paste. Basically, data from SourceSRC is getting copy-pasted over to MainSRC. Now SourceSRC usually has lesser columns. Instead of manually inserting blank columns into the SourceSRC table, can a VBA do that, to make sure the data getting copy pasted is happening between identical column count tables…now the mainSRC is the standard table, so the SourceSRC has to have the blank columns inserted to match with the standard table before getting copied – pasted over

VBA pseudo
Go Through each column header cells in mainSRC
      If a column header column is missing in SourceSRC (that is present in mainSRC) – then insert that a brand new column in SourceSRC with the column header name
Loop till the last header cell in mainSRC

Thank you
Question by:Rayne
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nutsch earned 2000 total points
ID: 38411798
Here's the code. It won't copy the data yet, but it will insert and move columns if required.

Sub MatchColumns()
'Matches two ranges by inserting columns in both ranges so each value is on the same column

'you first need to
'   select the two data blocks you want to split and match

Dim rg1 As Range, rg2 As Range
Dim firstMatch As Boolean
Dim i As Long, j As Long, foundCol As Long

Application.ScreenUpdating = False

    Set rg1 = Sheets("mainSRC").[b4].CurrentRegion
    Set rg2 = Sheets("sourceSRC").[b7].CurrentRegion
    'gets the number of unique values in the first rows of range 1 and 2, to be able to run the loop all the way
    Dim cUnique As New Collection
    On Error Resume Next
    With rg1
        For i = 1 To .Rows(1).Cells.Count
            cUnique.Add .Cells(1, i), CStr(.Cells(1, i))
    End With
    With rg2
        For i = 1 To .Rows(1).Cells.Count
            cUnique.Add .Cells(1, i), CStr(.Cells(1, i))
    End With
    On Error GoTo 0
    'boolean needed to be able to resize range 2 if required
    firstMatch = True
    For i = 1 To cUnique.Count
        If Len(rg1.Cells(1, i)) = 0 Or rg2.Cells(1, i) = rg1.Cells(1, i) Then
            firstMatch = False
            GoTo nxt_i:
        End If
        On Error Resume Next
        foundCol = rg2.Rows(1).Find(What:=rg1.Cells(1, i), LookIn:= _
            xlFormulas, LookAt:=xlWhole, SearchOrder:=xlByRows, MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False).Column
        If Err <> 0 Then
            rg2.Offset(, i - 1).Resize(, 1).Insert Shift:=xlToRight
            If firstMatch Then Set rg2 = rg2.Offset(, -1).Resize(, rg2.Columns.Count + 1)
            rg2.Columns(foundCol - rg2.Column + 1).Cut
            rg2.Columns(i + rg2.Column - 1).Insert Shift:=xlToRight
            firstMatch = False
        End If

Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

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Author Comment

ID: 38411821
Perfection to the Ultimate,

Thank you Thomas,
LVL 39

Expert Comment

ID: 38411841
Glad I had something in my macro toolbox for you. Thanks for the kind words.


Author Comment

ID: 38411866
You are welcome :)

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