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Posted on 2016-09-01
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Basically, this macro adds a new column to the left of Project Title column. Then, it adds  a formula to the new column.

Originally, I recorded it. I need help towards the end. Change it so it doesn't matter what cell, regardless how many rows the sheet has. Right now, it uses C1770.

Sub Add_Col_L()
'
' Add_Col_L Macro
'
'
    Cells.Find(What:="Project Title", After:=ActiveCell, LookIn:=xlFormulas, _
        LookAt:=xlPart, SearchOrder:=xlByRows, SearchDirection:=xlNext, _
        MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False).Activate
    Columns("C:C").Select
    Selection.Insert Shift:=xlToRight, CopyOrigin:=xlFormatFromLeftOrAbove
    Range("C1").Select
    ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = "L"
    Columns("C:C").Select
    With Selection
        .HorizontalAlignment = xlGeneral
        .VerticalAlignment = xlBottom
        .WrapText = False
        .Orientation = 0
        .AddIndent = False
        .IndentLevel = 0
        .ShrinkToFit = False
        .ReadingOrder = xlContext
        .MergeCells = False
    End With
    Selection.ColumnWidth = 20
    Selection.NumberFormat = "General"
    Range("C2").Select
    ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = "=LEFT(RC[1])"
    Range("C2").Select
    Selection.Copy
    Range("D3").Select
    Selection.End(xlDown).Select
    ' Fix: Change below to Go 1 cell left instead of specific cell
    Range("C1770").Select
    Range(Selection, Selection.End(xlUp)).Select
    Range("C3:C1770").Select
    Range("C1770").Activate
    ActiveSheet.Paste
End Sub

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ID: 41780706
one way would be to put the value in a Name (as opposed to defining a range for the Name)
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by:NVIT
ID: 41780721
Hi Crystal,

Would you please give an example?
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ID: 41780728
sure -- Formulas ribbon tab, Name Manager, New... command button

Name: MyValue (obviously you want to name this better)
Scope: Workbook (or change to specific sheet)
Refers to: =999 (or whatever value you want)

then in a cell, you can use:
=MyValue+3
(or whatever is your formula)

optionally, you can Name the cell, if you want to keep the value in the sheet, and as columns or rows are added, the reference should adjust -- as should formulas that refer to a cell address without dollar signs ($) ... but your code is specifying a particular address which is not adjusted

to Name a cell:
1. select the cell
2. in the Name box that shows the address, type the name, starting with a letter, without space or special characters and then press ENTER
3. you can then use this Name in formulas instead of a cell reference
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by:NVIT
ID: 41780744
Seems like your solution is giving a formula, which is not what I need. Correct me if I'm wrong.

I need a way to move the cell to the left vs. picking the cell that was recorded.
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ID: 41780765
>"move the cell to the left vs. picking the cell that was recorded"

perhaps before you start recording, set "Use Relative References" on the developer ribbon

to get the last row and column:
   With xlWs
      nLastRow = .Cells(.Rows.Count, 1).End(xlUp).Row  'xlUp=-4162
      nLastCol = .Cells(1, .Columns.Count).End(xlToLeft).Column 'xlToLeft=-4159
   End With

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xlWs is a worksheet object -- ie:Activeworkbook.sheets(1) -- or sheets("sheetname")
nLastRow and nLastCol are dimensioned as Long
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Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj) earned 2000 total points
ID: 41781021
See if this is what you are trying to achieve.

Sub Add_Col_L()
Dim c As Long, lr As Long
lr = Cells(Rows.Count, "C").End(xlUp).Row
c = Cells.Find(What:="Project Title", After:=ActiveCell, LookIn:=xlFormulas, _
    LookAt:=xlPart, SearchOrder:=xlByRows, SearchDirection:=xlNext, _
    MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False).Column
Columns(c).Insert

Cells(1, c).FormulaR1C1 = "L"

With Columns(c)
    .HorizontalAlignment = xlGeneral
    .VerticalAlignment = xlBottom
    .WrapText = False
    .Orientation = 0
    .AddIndent = False
    .IndentLevel = 0
    .ShrinkToFit = False
    .ReadingOrder = xlContext
    .MergeCells = False
    .ColumnWidth = 20
    .NumberFormat = "General"
End With
    Range(Cells(2, c), Cells(lr, c)).FormulaR1C1 = "=LEFT(RC[1])"
End Sub

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by:NVIT
ID: 41786675
Hi Subohd... This works great! Thank you.
Have a nice day/night.
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by:Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)
ID: 41786691
You're welcome. Glad to help.
Thanks and same to you.
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