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Excel macro to select the first value in cell in a specific column

Posted on 2014-12-12
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Last Modified: 2014-12-12

I'm attempting to create a VBA macro in Excel that looks at a specific column (column D) which contains values of "male" and "female".  It then needs to convert those to M and F.  I've created the following macro that does this.  However in it's current construction the user must select the values in the column.  I would like to set the macro to run for a specific column D and change the values there.  Please help.


Sub ConvertGender()
Dim c As Range
For Each c In Selection.Cells
    c.Value = UCase(Left(c.Value, 1))
End Sub
Question by:wsom-itg
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by:Phillip Burton
ID: 40496464
start with:


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after Dim c As Range

That will select column D, which I think is all that you are missing.
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by:Phillip Burton
Phillip Burton earned 500 total points
ID: 40496466
Alternatively, you can replace your code with:

    Columns(4).Replace What:="female", Replacement:="F", LookAt:=xlPart, SearchOrder:=xlByRows, MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False, ReplaceFormat:=False
    Columns(4).Replace What:="male", Replacement:="M", LookAt:=xlPart, SearchOrder:=xlByRows, MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False, ReplaceFormat:=False

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This will avoid "wrong" cells like "Mole" being replaced with "M".

Author Comment

ID: 40496472
Thanks Phillip,

I guess I should of added that it needs to have functionality to make it memory conservative, so that doesn't check the entire million+ rows of excel but only the ones with values in them
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Accepted Solution

Rob Henson earned 1500 total points
ID: 40496474
Rather than looping each cell at a time why not do a Find & Replace?

If you do the Female to F first, you won't end up converting incorrectly or you could enable the look at whole cell option.

However selecting whole column may take longer to process. It might be worth specifying the range to speed things up:
    Range(Selection, Selection.End(xlDown)).Select
    Selection.Replace What:="male", Replacement:="M", LookAt:=xlWhole, _
        SearchOrder:=xlByRows, MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False, _
    Selection.Replace What:="female", Replacement:="F", LookAt:=xlWhole, _
        SearchOrder:=xlByRows, MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False, _

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Rob H
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Expert Comment

by:Phillip Burton
ID: 40496482
To be memory conservative, instead of using Columns(4), use Columns(4).SpecialCells(xlCellTypeConstants)

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40496661
Thanks alot for the help.  Both solutions work.  I really like the Rob's find and replace

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