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User Defined Function to format text Red in an Excel Formula

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Hello -

I'm looking for a way to format certain text within a formula to output as red.

For example, I have a heading with a date and title on the same line.  

January 2013 ~ Report Title

The heading above would be created using a formula, and I can't get the Report Title text to format with red text.

The text would always be the same ("Report Title"), the formula is only needed because the date in the report changes.  

How would you recomend this be done?  What would a user defined function look like for this?  I tried to play with some VB for this, but it's not working and I'm sure I'm way off track on what would be needed fro this.

An example of the current formula would be: =TEXT(TODAY(),"mmmm yyyy")&" ~ Report Title"
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Question by:CyHill
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by:strivoli
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Isn't Excel "Conditional Formatting" enough to get that done?
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Rgonzo1971 earned 500 total points
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Hi,

As far as I know yu cannot change the colour of part of a formula

but you can use VBA

to insert a Report Title like you want

Sub Macro7()
'
' Macro7 Macro
'

'
    ActiveCell.Value = Format(Date, "mmmm yyyy" & " ~ Report Title")
    Set myStr = ActiveCell.Characters()
    myStart = InStrRev(myStr.Text, " ", Len(myStr.Text) - 6) + 1
    myLength = Len(ActiveCell.Value) - myStart + 1
    With ActiveCell.Characters(Start:=myStart, Length:=myLength).Font
        .Color = -16776961
        .TintAndShade = 0
    End With


    With ActiveCell.Characters(Start:=1, Length:=myStart - 1).Font
        .Color = 0
        .TintAndShade = 0
    End With
   
End Sub

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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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To make things simple, consider splitting the text into two cells.
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by:CyHill
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Rgonzo1971 - Thanks for yoru help.

This is a great start to what I was looking for!

It works...I can modify it to make it work for what I need using the Worksheet_Activate function if needed.  

However, I just wanted to check and see if there was a way to improve upon it just a bit.  

Instead of having the function insert the title into the Active Cell...is there a way the code can be set up so I can use an excel formula to reference the title created from the VB code.  

So assign a function name to what the code is doing to create the title itself (for example if we were to name the new function "FormattedTitle"....in any cell within a whorksheet I can just type the formula "=FormattedTitle" and it would populate the title as formated in the code.  

Does that make sense?
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by:Rgonzo1971
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Hi,

Unfortunately a function (formula) cannot have different Colors

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by:CyHill
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okay...thanks!
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