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Find Very First Occurence

Posted on 2013-01-21
Last Modified: 2013-01-21
Hello All,

I have a find issue.
I am looking at a entire column in excel. I want to do this:
Using find or match, whatever fast - find the very first occurrence of a string. For example: if my string I am looking for, is banana and "banana" repeats multiple times in this target column, then that find returns me only the VERY first banana string in that column

Is that possible?


Question by:Rayne
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Author Comment

ID: 38802776
I need VBA for this
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Expert Comment

by:Martin Liss
ID: 38802844
Dim lngLastRow as Long
Dim lngIndex As Long
' This assumes the data is in column 'A'
lngLastRow = Range("A65536").End(xlUp).Row

For lngIndex = 1 To lngLastRow
    ' '1' is column A
    If Cells(lngIndex, 1).Value = "banana" Then
        MsgBox "First one is in row " & lngIndex
        Exit Sub
    End If
End If

Author Comment

ID: 38802931
Hello Martin,

I don't prefer this method as I would be looping several times over 50000 rows and doing this, will slow this down as I have to do this for several files, one at a time :(
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Author Comment

ID: 38802933
hence match or find
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Expert Comment

by:Martin Liss
ID: 38802961
Cells.Find(What:="banana", After:=ActiveCell, LookIn:=xlFormulas, LookAt:= _
        xlPart, SearchOrder:=xlByColumns, SearchDirection:=xlNext, MatchCase:=False _
        , SearchFormat:=False).Activate

Author Comment

ID: 38802993

Thank you :)

Some verification:
SearchOrder:=xlByColumns, - or will it be xlByRows? Whats the difference between the two?

 After:=ActiveCell - if the activecell changes, would that effect the sequence of search like A1 or C5?

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Accepted Solution

Martin Liss earned 500 total points
ID: 38803017
I assume the difference is that ByRows would do a left to right, top to bottom search whereas ByCol would do top to bottom, right to left. As for After…, I'm not sure but you could easily test that in simple sheet with just a few items.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 38803063
Thank you Martin :)
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Expert Comment

by:Martin Liss
ID: 38803076
You're welcome and I'm glad I was able to help.

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