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Excel 2013 VBA - select multiple shapes

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I have a number of small rectangles on a sheet. I can iterate through the shapes that are positioned within a selected cell range ok.

My problem is this. For example, I know the syntax looks like
Sheet1.Shapes.Range(Array("Rectangle 1", "Rectangle 2", "Rectangle 3")).Select

I need to be able to construct a string "Rectangle 1", "Rectangle 2", "Rectangle 3" programmatically, right? But when I do I get an extra set of " that I cannot get rid of, and I get an error saying "selected item not found".
(I should clarify, the shapes will have different names. ie. not always the same. Hence programmatically)

So, how can I select multiple shapes please?
Thanks
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Question by:hindersaliva
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by:ThomasMcA2
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Please post your code.
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Having your code or some more details on what you are trying to accomplish will help.  For example, do you have to select the shapes by name?  Are there more shapes on the sheet that you do not want to select?  What criteria are you using to select the shapes?  Are they always in the same order?

You can select all shapes on a sheet with:
Sheet1.Shapes.SelectAll

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You can select in the range by the index instead:
Sheet1.Shapes.Range(Array(2, 3, 4)).Select

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You could also maybe put the names in defined array.  Here is a sample:
Sub test()
    Dim objShape As Shape
    Dim arrShapeNames() As String
    Dim i As Integer: i = 0
    
    ReDim arrShapeNames(Sheet1.Shapes.Count)
    
    For Each objShape In Sheet1.Shapes
        arrShapeNames(i) = objShape.Name
        i = i + 1
    Next
    
    Sheet1.Shapes.Range(arrShapeNames).Select
End Sub
    

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by:Rgonzo1971
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Hi,

I suppose to create your str array you have an array that has one element more than necessary then try after creating your array

ReDim Preserve arrYourArrayShapeNames(UBound(arrYourArrayShapeNames) - 1)

you can directly use the array instead of changing it into strings

Regards
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by:Jamie Garroch
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You can loop through all shapes in the shape collection for a given sheet and select them with your required criteria like this:

' Selects all shapes on the sheet with names matching the search string
Sub SelectShapes(sSearch As String)
  Dim oShp As Shape
  For Each oShp In Sheet1.Shapes
    If LCase(oShp.Name) Like "*" & sSearch & "*" Then oShp.Select False
  Next
End Sub

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by:hindersaliva
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Thanks. I didn't know I can use an Array of shape names. It made it a lot simpler!!!!!
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