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Excel 2013 VBA and Macros: Referring to Ranges

This chapter shows you different ways of referring to ranges such as specifying a row or column. You also find out how to manipulate cells based on the active cell and how to create a new range from overlapping ranges.
This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

A range can be a cell, a row, a column, or a grouping of any of these. The RANGE object is probably the most frequently used object in Excel VBA—after all, you are manipulating data on a sheet. Although a range can refer to any grouping of cells on a sheet, it can refer to only one sheet at a time. If you want to refer to ranges on multiple sheets, you must refer to each sheet separately.

The Range Object

The following is the Excel object hierarchy:

Application > Workbook > Worksheet > Range

The Range object is a property of the Worksheet object. This means it requires that a sheet be active or it must reference a worksheet. Both of the following lines mean the same thing if Worksheets(1) is the active sheet:


There are several ways to refer to a Range object. Range("A1") is the most identifiable because that is how the macro recorder refers to it. However, each of the following is equivalent when referring to a range:

Range("MyRange") 'assuming that D5 has a Name 'of MyRange

Which format you use depends on your needs. Keep reading—it will all make sense soon!

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