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EXCELL VBA cell reference

Posted on 2013-01-15
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I am sure that this is an easy question, so here goes.

Currently in VBA i can reference a cell as (useing cell H8 as an example)

[H8]

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or as
ActiveSheet.Range("H8").Text

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However if i insert a column before column H then all the VBA's go out of whack.

Is there a way that i can name the columns and then refer to them by their name so that a column add/remove isnt breaking all the scripts? if it helps each column in row 1 holds the Unique identifyer for that column (Name, Address, Phone, etc....)

Cheers for any solutions.
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Question by:Andrew Davis
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krishnakrkc earned 200 total points
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You can use

MsgBox Range("Name").Column >> returns Column Number
MsgBox Range("Name").Address >> returns Range Address

where "Name" is a name range.

Kris
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by:Pratima Pharande
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try this

Sheets("Sheet1").Range("Employees").Cells(4, 1).Text

refer
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11966342/vba-excel-rename-columns-for-easy-referencing
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by:Steve
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You can find the column in which the word "Name" first appears and use that in the range/cell refs:

NameColumn = ActiveSheet.Cells.Find(What:="Name", After:=ActiveSheet.Range("A1"), SearchOrder:=xlByColumns, SearchDirection:=xlNext).Column

ActiveSheet.Cells(8,NameColumn).Text ' will reference row 8 in the name Column

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by:Andrew Davis
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Hey guys thanks for your help. All answers were good and correct, got something from each of them, Split points, with slightly more for first answer, for no other reason than Kris was the quickest to post ;)

Cheers.
Andrew
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