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using VBA to convert single tab spreadsheet to multiple spreadsheets

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Hi,

I have a spreadsheet I'll be creating with provider id as the 1st column and other fields from columns 2-11.  I need to take this spreadsheet and a template spreadsheet and create new spreadsheets from the original, with the template info at the top of each of them.  The name of the new spreadsheets would be the provider #.

Working in Excel 2016.   Would love to be able to do this in batch mode if possible, as there will be a lot of spreadsheets created.

Can anyone give an approach to take that I can start with?

Thanks!

--Ben
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you can try this code below.  please see attached.

open the attached file then run the macro or press the Control +SHift +A to run the macro, it will ask you to select the provider column, if it is in first column then select that column and click ok. it will create seperate worksheet for every unique provider# and it will ask you whether you want them in seperate workbook. if you dont want speerate workbook simple click cancel.

try and let me know if you face any difficulties.



Sub SplitBasedOnprovider()
Dim LastRow As Long, LastCol As Integer, i As Long, iStart As Long, iEnd As Long
Dim ws As Worksheet, r As Range, iCol As Integer, t As Date, Prefix As String
Dim sh As Worksheet, Master As String, Folder As String, Fname As String
On Error Resume Next
Set r = Application.InputBox("Click in the column to extract by", Type:=8)
On Error GoTo 0
If r Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
iCol = r.Column
t = Now
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
With ActiveSheet
    Master = .Name
    LastRow = .Cells(Rows.Count, "A").End(xlUp).Row
    LastCol = .Cells(1, Columns.Count).End(xlToLeft).Column
    .Range(.Cells(2, 1), Cells(LastRow, LastCol)).Sort Key1:=Cells(2, iCol), Order1:=xlAscending, _
        Header:=xlGuess, OrderCustom:=1, MatchCase:=False, Orientation:=xlTopToBottom
    iStart = 2
    For i = 2 To LastRow
        If .Cells(i, iCol).Value <> .Cells(i + 1, iCol).Value Then
            iEnd = i
            Sheets.Add after:=Sheets(Sheets.Count)
            Set ws = ActiveSheet
            On Error Resume Next
            ws.Name = .Cells(iStart, iCol).Value
            On Error GoTo 0
            ws.Range(Cells(1, 1), Cells(1, LastCol)).Value = .Range(.Cells(1, 1), .Cells(1, LastCol)).Value
            .Range(.Cells(iStart, 1), .Cells(iEnd, LastCol)).Copy Destination:=ws.Range("A2")
            iStart = iEnd + 1
        End If
    Next i
End With
Application.CutCopyMode = False
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
MsgBox "Completed in " & Format(Now - t, "hh:mm:ss.00"), vbInformation
If MsgBox("Do you want to save the separated sheets as workbooks", vbYesNo + vbQuestion) = vbYes Then
    Folder = "Select the folder to save the workbooks"
    Folder = GetDirectory(Folder)
    If Folder = "" Then Exit Sub
    Prefix = InputBox("Enter a prefix (or leave blank)")
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    For Each sh In ThisWorkbook.Worksheets
        If sh.Name <> Master Then
            sh.Copy
            Fname = Folder & "\" & Prefix & sh.Name & ".xls"
            If Dir(Fname) <> "" Then Fname = Application.GetSaveAsFilename(fileFilter:="Excel Files (*.xls), *.xls)", _
                Title:=Fname & " exists - select file to save as")
            ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs Filename:=Fname, FileFormat:=56
            ActiveWorkbook.Close
        End If
     Next sh
     Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End If
End Sub

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by:Ben Conner
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Wow.  I couldn't even write it that fast if I had known what to do to start with.

Will give this a shot and let you know.

Thank you!

--Ben
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by:ProfessorJimJam
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you are welcome. :)
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by:Jerry Paladino
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Professor,
I think the "GetDirectory" procedure is missing from your code to pick the location to save the new workbooks.    Code works well though once that is included.
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by:ProfessorJimJam
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Jerry,

if you open the attachment which i posted along with the code, in its module "BrowseSupliment" it does contain the "GetDirectory" function.

what Ben asked can be achieved only up to the 35th line of the code, i provided extra code, in case if Ben wanted to save the sheets into separate workbooks.
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by:Jerry Paladino
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My apologies...  I did not download the attachment.  Only executed the code that was in the comment block above.   Again, well done!
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by:ProfessorJimJam
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no problem Jerry.

thanks.
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by:Ben Conner
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Am nearly complete creating the spreadsheet this will run against.  Looking at the code, I think I can eliminate the first half of it where it splits the single tab into multiple tabs prior to shipping them out to different spreadsheets.  I just did that in the application I wrote instead.  

Should be able to test it later today.
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by:Ben Conner
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BTW, this will end up with 4000-4500 tabs.  That won't be a problem will it?
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by:ProfessorJimJam
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Hi Ben,

Number of worksheet limit is dependent upon available memory . Do you have 32 bit or 64 bit office?
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by:Ben Conner
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It's 64 bit, Excel 2016
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by:Ben Conner
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And each tab will be fairly small, about 8 columns and max 100 rows.
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by:Ben Conner
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Oh.  Wait.  I won't be running it, someone else will.  I don't know what their footprint looks like.  Oops.
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let them try, and see it might work.
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by:Ben Conner
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Just found they are on Excel 2010, 32 bit version.
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by:Ben Conner
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Trying the code above now that I have the spreadsheet created and am getting an unknown function error for GetDirectory().  I don't see it in Excel 2016.   Should I use Activeworkbook.Path or something similar?  The error was on line:

    Folder = GetDirectory(Folder)

--Ben
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Hi Ben,

yiu are getting that error because probably you did not copy the whole code from the attached workbook, please open the attached workbook that I posted in earlier post and there is also the UDF in its module "BrowseSupliment"
Once you copy and paste that code with the existing code then you will not see error
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by:Ben Conner
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Oops.  Missed the xlm attachment.  My bad.  Thanks!

--Ben
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by:Ben Conner
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Just ran the spreadsheet in debug mode.  Very nice!  The app I developed already does the first part--splitting them out into separate tabs, so I can just lift the latter half of it and let it rip.

Thanks very much!

--Ben
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by:Ben Conner
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Excellent example of splitting a sheet in a spreadsheet into multiple spreadsheets in an automated fashion.
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by:ProfessorJimJam
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You are welcome Ben, I am glad I was able to help
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by:Ben Conner
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This is probably a separate question, but can this be automated?  The client wants to be able to call this in an automated .bat file.  Something like:

<path to excel>  <spreadsheet> <path to macro> <path to destination folder> <split column> <# of title rows>

I'm not even sure this is possible.  ?

--Ben
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by:ProfessorJimJam
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yes it is a separate question and it not related to Excel or VBA. i suggest you open a question in the top of related window scripts .
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by:Ben Conner
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Thanks!  Will do.

--Ben
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by:c4looney
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Professor,

I have 64 bit, Excel 2016 and receive a Compile error when I try to open your xslm attachment.  How do I fix that?

--Christine
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Can you please share on which line of the code the highlighter of debugger stops?  I
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by:c4looney
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Hi Professor, I got busy on another project and am now back to this one.  The section highlighted is this:
Declare Function SHGetPathFromIDList Lib "shell32.dll" _
  Alias "SHGetPathFromIDListA" (ByVal pidl As Long, ByVal pszPath As String) _
  As Long

Declare Function SHBrowseForFolder Lib "shell32.dll" _
Alias "SHBrowseForFolderA" (lpBrowseInfo As BROWSEINFO) As Long
Thank you for your help!!
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