Swap Two Selected Cell Ranges In Excel
What This VBA Code Does
Often times when I am preparing spreadsheet reports, I find myself needing to perform minor manipulations of the data to better tell my story or to appease the look that management wants.
Below is a simplistic example of what happens to me all the time when I am putting schedules together really quickly. Management takes a look at my first draft (see far left table) and decides they want the Catalog-related variance to swap locations with the In-Store variance. This table is within a dashboard, so I cannot simply cut the entire rows and insert them. Manually, I would have to insert cells, do some copy/pasting, and delete some cells. All painfully tedious, especially if you are in a crunched for time.
So let’s use a little VBA magic to see if we can automate this process for us.
The below code will allow you to select two ranges of cells (they must be the same in size) and switch their contents.
Sub SwapTwoAreas() 'PURPOSE: Swap two selected ranges' formulas/values with each other 'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com Dim rng As Range Dim StoredRng As Variant Set rng = Selection If rng.Areas.Count <> 2 Or rng.Areas(1).Cells.Count <> rng.Areas(2).Cells.Count Then MsgBox "Please select two ranges that are the same size before running this macro" Exit Sub End If 'Store first selected cell area StoredRng = rng.Areas(1).Cells.Formula 'Swap first area with the second rng.Areas(1).Cells.Formula = rng.Areas(2).Cells.Formula 'Populate second area with the first rng.Areas(2).Cells.Formula = StoredRng 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!
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I wish you the best of luck and I hope this tutorial gets you heading in the right direction!
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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.