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Difficulty Using FormulaArray with R1C1 Notation

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David PhelopsFlag for United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland asked on
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Dear experts

I want to compare two columns of text using the "Exact" command in an array formula

When I type the following array formula directly into Cell Address  $A$2, using R1C1 reference style it works perfectly .

{=OR(EXACT(TRIM(RC1),RC5:R613C5))} (using Ctrll-Shift+Enter)

However, using VBA as follows:


Option Explicit
Sub CompareData()

'Decalre Variable
    Dim Adr As String 'Address of Range containing Comparison data

' Define Column for Comparison
    Adr = Range(Cells(2, 5), Cells(1, 5).End(xlDown)).Address
        Debug.Print "=OR(EXACT(TRIM(RC1)," & Adr & "))" 'analyse if formula is correct
'Select Cell for formula
    Range("B2").Select
'Array Formula for Comparison
    ActiveCell.FormulaArray = "=OR(EXACT(TRIM(RC1)," & Adr & "))"

End Sub

The formula ends up calculating this:
=OR(EXACT(TRIM(R[-1]C[469]),R2C5:R613C5)) REGARDLESS of how the spreadsheet is set: either R1C1 style or A1 style

I have been unable to find  a way of combining
ActiveCell.FormulaArray and ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1

Can you shed any light, please?


Please see accompanying file for clarity.

Thanks very much
ExpExch-FormulaArray-RelativeRef.xlsm
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