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Excel 2010: Selecting shapes by name not id when names are numbers

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My client has a worksheet with a list shape names in column A. The rest of the worksheet has varying shapes that match the names in column A. The problem is that all of his shape names are numbers from 1 to 1000. This means when I use something like: "activesheet.shapes("128").select" the shape with the id of 128 will be selected instead of the shape with the name of "128". Is there a way to select a shape based on the name only?

Below is a small snippet of code that will select each shape that exists in column A. Any way to adjust this to select shapes by the name instead of the id?

x=1
Do

activesheet.shapes(activesheet.cells(x,1)).select

x=x+1
Loop while (x<250)
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by:Martin Liss
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That does not happen when I do it.

I created several shapes and then named them with out of order numbers. The when I did this

ActiveSheet.Shapes("2").Select

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followed by this

ActiveSheet.Shapes(2).Select

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different shapes were selected.
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Martin Liss earned 334 total points
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Oh, I see! Do this instead.

activesheet.shapes(activesheet.cells(x,1).Text).select
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by:Martin Liss
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You also might consider changing your loop to this


For x = 1 To 250

activesheet.shapes(activesheet.cells(x,1).Text).select

Next

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by:Glenn Ray
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As an alternate method, you could consider using the For...Each method to select all shapes in a sheet like so:
Sub Edit_Shapes()
    Dim shp As Shape
    For Each shp In ActiveSheet.Shapes
        'Test or process the shape object
        'Use shp. to control the shape object for example
        'MsgBox shp.Name
        Next shp
End Sub

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This way, you don't have to know the names of each shape, nor do you need to know how many there are on each sheet.

Regards,
-Glenn
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by:ouestque
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Awesome. Thanks!!!
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by:Martin Liss
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You're welcome and I'm glad I was able to help.

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