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Find and Replace with Excel VBA

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Cells.Replace What:="1/2/1900", Replacement:="", LookAt:=xlPart, _
    SearchOrder:=xlByRows, MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False, ReplaceFormat:=False

Is it possible to modify the above VBA code to look for special range rather than the whole worksheet ?

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Saurabh Singh Teotia earned 1200 total points
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Yes you can do so by...

Lets say i want to check a1 to a10

range("A1:A10").Replace What:="1/2/1900", Replacement:="", LookAt:=xlPart, _
    SearchOrder:=xlByRows, MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False, ReplaceFormat:=False

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In the first command cells means every cell in your worksheet.

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you have there Lookat:=xlPart
You have to be careful as you are searching for a date not a string which is something specific (unless this date comes in a string like: I went to the store on 1/2/1900 and got banned ..) but don't think so as this 1/2/1900 is more like a no date that shows as a date

So I would change the Lookat:=xlPart
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Lookat:=xlwhole

and more but following does not apply to Replace but rather apply to Find but it is good mentioning as we are talking about the subject here.,

when you search for dates usually excel have a problem as the date you see is only a format of the real date that is a serial number so you may end up most of the time looking for a date with this instruction and not finding it although it is obvious for you that the date is there. All this to say that when you look for a date you are better off specifying in the argument Lookin xlformulas and not xlvalues as one would do in values.

So to sum it up for your instruction it would be safer to have it as follows for a range of say A1:A10
range("A1:A10").Replace What:="1/2/1900", Replacement:="", LookAt:=xlWhole, _
    SearchOrder:=xlByRows, MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False, ReplaceFormat:=False
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