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Find All Instances With VBA

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 04/21/14 •  5 min read
Find All Instances With VBA

What This VBA Code Does

This VBA macro with let you specify a value and create an Excel range selection of all cells containing the specified value.  This macro can be very useful in narrowing down the cells you want to deal with in your VBA subroutines.  Narrowing down your target range and exponentially speed up your VBA code efficiency!

Sub FindAll()

'PURPOSE: Find all cells containing a specified values
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com

Dim fnd As String, FirstFound As String
Dim FoundCell As Range, rng As Range
Dim myRange As Range, LastCell As Range

'What value do you want to find (must be in string form)?
  fnd = "12"

Set myRange = ActiveSheet.UsedRange
Set LastCell = myRange.Cells(myRange.Cells.Count)
Set FoundCell = myRange.Find(what:=fnd, after:=LastCell)

'Test to see if anything was found
  If Not FoundCell Is Nothing Then
    FirstFound = FoundCell.Address
  Else
    GoTo NothingFound
  End If

Set rng = FoundCell

'Loop until cycled through all unique finds
  Do Until FoundCell Is Nothing
    'Find next cell with fnd value
      Set FoundCell = myRange.FindNext(after:=FoundCell)
    
    'Add found cell to rng range variable
      Set rng = Union(rng, FoundCell)
    
    'Test to see if cycled through to first found cell
      If FoundCell.Address = FirstFound Then Exit Do
      
  Loop

'Select Cells Containing Find Value
  rng.Select
  
Exit Sub

'Error Handler
NothingFound:
  MsgBox "No values were found in this worksheet"

End Sub

We can take the above code a step further and actually take an action with the Find Range.  With the below VBA macro, you can highlight all cells containing the value 12 with a yellow cell fill.  The possibilities are endless with this code!

Sub HighlightFindValues()

'PURPOSE: Highlight all cells containing a specified values
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com

Dim fnd As String, FirstFound As String
Dim FoundCell As Range, rng As Range
Dim myRange As Range, LastCell As Range

'What value do you want to find (must be in string form)?
  fnd = "Kentucky"

Set myRange = ActiveSheet.UsedRange
Set LastCell = myRange.Cells(myRange.Cells.Count)
Set FoundCell = myRange.Find(what:=fnd, after:=LastCell)

'Test to see if anything was found
  If Not FoundCell Is Nothing Then
    FirstFound = FoundCell.Address
  Else
    GoTo NothingFound
  End If

Set rng = FoundCell

'Loop until cycled through all unique finds
  Do Until FoundCell Is Nothing
    'Find next cell with fnd value
      Set FoundCell = myRange.FindNext(after:=FoundCell)
    
    'Add found cell to rng range variable
      Set rng = Union(rng, FoundCell)
    
    'Test to see if cycled through to first found cell
      If FoundCell.Address = FirstFound Then Exit Do
      
  Loop

'Highlight Found cells yellow
  rng.Interior.Color = RGB(255, 255, 0)
  
Exit Sub

'Error Handler
NothingFound:
  MsgBox "No values were found in this worksheet"

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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Chris Newman

Chris Newman

Chris is a finance professional and Excel MVP recognized by Microsoft since 2016. With his expertise, he founded TheSpreadsheetGuru blog to help fellow Excel users, where he shares his vast creative solutions & expertise. In addition, he has developed over 7 widely-used Excel Add-ins that have been embraced by individuals and companies worldwide.