Applying An Alphabetical Sort To Your VBA Array List
What This VBA Code Does
Sometimes it is vital to get your lists in order. Below are a couple of VBA macros I use whenever I need to reorder the contents of my array storage variables. You can use this with characters or words that are stored inside your array. It even works with numbers by moving those ahead of character strings of text. In case you need to go in the opposite direction, I’ve added a second VBA macro that will sort in reverse alphabetical order.
Sorting Alphabetically (A-Z)
Sub Alphabetically_SortArray() 'PURPOSE: Sort an array filled with strings alphabetically (A-Z) 'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault Dim myArray As Variant Dim x As Long, y As Long Dim TempTxt1 As String Dim TempTxt2 As String myArray = Array("D", "1", "A", "B", "F", "C", "E") 'Alphabetize Sheet Names in Array List For x = LBound(myArray) To UBound(myArray) For y = x To UBound(myArray) If UCase(myArray(y)) < UCase(myArray(x)) Then TempTxt1 = myArray(x) TempTxt2 = myArray(y) myArray(x) = TempTxt2 myArray(y) = TempTxt1 End If Next y Next x End Sub
Reverse Alphabetical Order! (Z-A)
Sub ReverseAlphabetical_SortArray() 'PURPOSE: Sort an array filled with strings in reverse alphabetical order (Z-A) 'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault Dim myArray As Variant Dim x As Long, y As Long Dim TempTxt1 As String Dim TempTxt2 As String myArray = Array("D", "1", "A", "B", "F", "C", "E") 'Alphabetize Sheet Names in Array List For x = LBound(myArray) To UBound(myArray) For y = x To UBound(myArray) If UCase(myArray(y)) > UCase(myArray(x)) Then TempTxt1 = myArray(x) TempTxt2 = myArray(y) myArray(x) = TempTxt2 myArray(y) = TempTxt1 End If Next y Next x End Sub
Using VBA Code Found On The Internet
Now that you’ve found some VBA code that could potentially solve your Excel automation problem, what do you do with it? If you don’t necessarily want to learn how to code VBA and are just looking for the fastest way to implement this code into your spreadsheet, I wrote an article (with video) that explains how to get the VBA code you’ve found running on your spreadsheet.
Getting Started Automating Excel
Are you new to VBA and not sure where to begin? Check out my quickstart guide to learning VBA. This article won’t overwhelm you with fancy coding jargon, as it provides you with a simplistic and straightforward approach to the basic things I wish I knew when trying to teach myself how to automate tasks in Excel with VBA Macros.
Also, if you haven’t checked out Excel’s latest automation feature called Power Query, I have put together a beginner’s guide for automating with Excel’s Power Query feature as well! This little-known built-in Excel feature allows you to merge and clean data automatically with little to no coding!
How Do I Modify This To Fit My Specific Needs?
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