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Hiding cells

Posted on 2013-11-24
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Folks,
In the attached workbook I have a sheet that when activated I am tryinh to hide a range of cells in the beginning. I'll unhide them later. But for now the range is not being hidden?
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Question by:Frank Freese
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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You cannot hide a range of cells. You can hide either an entire row or an entire column.

How would you want to do it manually?
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by:Steven Harris
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As ssaqibh mentioned, you can only hide entire rows or columns.  You could however use Conditional Formatting to hide cell values if that is an acceptable method.
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by:Frank Freese
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Here's what confuses me:

http://www.ehow.com/how_5875452_use-macro-hide-section-excel.html

Is this incorrect?
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by:Frank Freese
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here's a link that shows how to hide selected cells:

http://www.ehow.com/how_2212385_hide-cell-contents-excel.html
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by:Steven Harris
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Try using the macro component that is mentioned, it should fail.

As for the semi-colon, that is just a 'bypass' such as conditional formatting.

The semi-colon acts as a separator for number components.  The first component is for positive numbers, the second for negative numbers, the third for zeros.  By using three semi-colons together, you are providing a null value for each component, therefore returning a null (blank) format.

EDIT

I see that you ARE using the macro...  You should be receiving an error that the method of Range class failed.

Just to clarify, what is the objective or purpose behind trying to hide the cells?

If you are OK with using the semi-colon method, you can use:

ActiveSheet.Range("A2:B13").NumberFormat = ";;;"
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by:Frank Freese
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ThinkSpaceSolutions,
I tried the first one with a macro and indeed it failed to do anything. At that point I presented the problem to EE. The second one with the three ;;; look to satisfy my objective. I tested it against various formats and it appears to work with all formats not just numbers.
I'll follow-up with additional questions as I build my total solution to my objectives. The next thing I plan to do is protect those cells that I have "hidden" (which I have code from Martin already). Afterwards, more questions.
I appreciate the additional detain you provided. Ssaqibh did offer some helpful information so in fairness I'll share the points between the two of you.
Thank you
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by:Frank Freese
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

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for the following reason:

Thanks to all!
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by:Frank Freese
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RATS!
I messed up by accepting my answer. I'm going to Object to my answer and ask that I redistribute points to the two of you. Must have been a senior moment, "again".
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by:Frank Freese
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

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for the following reason:

I'm going with the following offered solution:

ActiveSheet.Range("A2:B13").NumberFormat = ";;;"
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by:Steven Harris
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Glad to help and we look forward to you coming back!
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by:Frank Freese
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Did I do the correction correctly?
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Try again
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by:Frank Freese
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thank you
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by:Frank Freese
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ThinkSpaceSolutions,
I've got a problem implementing your sugguestion:
ActiveSheet.Range("A2:B13").NumberFormat = ";;;"

Here's what I did to further test this:
ActiveSheet.Range ("A2:A7").DateFormate = ";;;" since the cells in in that range are Date formated.
I also tried used ActiveSheet.Range("A2:A7").NumberFormat = ";;;"
In either case I got the following error:
Run-time error 425:
Object required.

Now if I create a Custome format of ";;;" and apply that to any cell, regardless of the cells formating everything works fine. However my objective right now is to hide the cells contents when the sheet is activated and will "unhide" them later.

I'm using the ActiveSheet.Range ("A2:A7").DateFormate = ";;;" in the Activate worksheet procedure.

I'm only guessing here but I have no other place to place my code except ActivateWorksheet procedure. Since I am asking to change the cell format to blank I am asking it before the object has been loaded, therefor the error Object required?
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by:Frank Freese
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Folks,
It looks like I found my problem. I changed .NumberFormat=";;;" to DateFormat=";;;" thinking that because the cells were in date format I could not use the NumberFormat, which I found to be wrong.
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