How To Determine Your Variable Type

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What This VBA Code Does

Are you ever unsure of what kind of variable you need to declare? You can use the TypeName function to determine what type of variable you are using.  This will fill in the blank of your variable declaration statement:

Dim x As ________

Sub Determine_Variable_Type()

'PURPOSE: Determine the Type of an Unknown Variable

'Give data to an undeclared variable (example 1)
  Set x = ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.Range("A1:B30")

'State what type of variable we should Dim as
  MsgBox "You should dimension x as a " & TypeName(x) & " type variable" _
    & Chr(10) & "  Example: Dim x as " & TypeName(x)

'Give data to an undeclared variable (example 2)
  Set y = ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet

'State what type of variable we should Dim as
  MsgBox "You should dimension y as a " & TypeName(y) & " type variable" _
    & Chr(10) & "  Example: Dim y as " & TypeName(y)

End Sub

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