Reference a Defined Name in VBA in an Excel AddIn

Posted on 2015-01-08
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I have added a Defined Name called "ConnectionString" on "Sheet1" in an Excel AddIn I have written.  What is the proper way to reference that Defined Name within the VBA of the AddIn itself?

ActiveWorkbook.Range("ConnectionString").Value   and   ThisWorkBook.Range("ConnectionString").Value
are not correct because they will look for the defined name in the file the user is working with and not the AddIn workbook.   I want to reference the name inside the VBA of the AddIn.

Question by:Jerry Paladino
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ID: 40539122
when you reach Sheet1 in VBA of the Addin
Dim WS as worksheet
set WS = sheets("Sheet1")
WS.Range("ConnectionString").Value  .... should reference what you want.

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by:Glenn Ray
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I believe you'll need to activate the Add-In file in order to retrieve the defined name.  For example:

Sub ProcessIt()
    Dim strActiveWB as String

    strActiveWB = ActiveWorkbook.Name

    Application.Workbooks("addinname").Activate 'replace with actual filename in quotes including extension - xlam
    strCS = Sheets("Sheet1").Range("ConnectionString").Value


End Sub

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ID: 40539141
or I should rather say


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Accepted Solution

Wayne Taylor (webtubbs) earned 2000 total points
ID: 40539327
You can get the value of a range in a worksheet of the Add-In in the same way you would any other workbook....

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Author Closing Comment

by:Jerry Paladino
ID: 40539412

Thank you...   Yes, this works well for what I am trying to accomplish.   A nice plus is that since the AddIn is already loaded I can reference the AddInName without hard coding the path or using Application.UserLibraryPath to get the path.  Much appreciated.

gowflow & Glenn - thank you both for your suggestions.


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