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Excel VBA - Delete the first character in a cell and move down to next cell

I have a "island" of cells.  a9:a230
I would like to have a macro:
1.  Press F2 (edit the cell).
2.  delete the first character in the cell.
3.  Press ENTER
4.  Move down one cell
Repeat steps 1, 2, 3, 4
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Have you tried recording a macro ? turn on the developer tool bar (customise ribbon, select developer in right hand pane) then select the first cell you want to change.

From the developer tab choose record macro and give it a name and a shortcut key.

Follow the sequence you have described (f2,home,del,enter) until step 4 - then stop the macro. you can now use the shortcut key to do them one after another

alternatively put the following formula into a different column (eg b9)
"=mid(a9,2,len(a9))" and copy that down the column.

If you want to just retain the output - not the formula - then select the new column and copy, past special, values
brothertruffle880Author Commented:
Using the macro recorder didn't delete the first character of the cell  
The macro recorder re-input the existing cell contents for that one cell.

I need to edit the cell --regardless of the cell contents.
then I need to delete the first character, regardless of it's character.
You might try a macro like this:
Sub Stripper()
Dim cel As Range
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
For Each cel In Range("A9:A230")
    cel.Value = Mid(cel.Value, 2)
End Sub

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You can also do it using the Data...Text to Columns menu item:
Sub StripFirstCharacter()
Range("A9:A230").TextToColumns Destination:=Range("A9"), DataType:=xlFixedWidth, FieldInfo:=Array(Array(0, 9), Array(1, 1)), TrailingMinusNumbers:=True
End Sub

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brothertruffle880Author Commented:
Thank you Byundt.  Just what the doctor ordered.
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