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    Question How to search a column vertically for a text string

    Hi All,

    I have a spreadsheet that lists calendar dates, sequentially and vertically, along column C.
    Would anyone know how to locate the row number that today's date has been found in?

    ps: I don't need to use the below code, but I tried to make the below work. Unfortunately no luck:
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    Unfortunately in the above example, "foundInRowNumber" doesn't show the row number. Instead it incorrectly has today's date.

    Thanks so much everyone for your help,
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    Re: How to search a column vertically for a text string

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    If the dates are in ascending sequence then
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    if not then just add FALSE as a third element to the MATCH() function.
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    Re: How to search a column vertically for a text string

    This works on a test file I made.

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    Re: How to search a column vertically for a text string

    Try something like
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    Question Re: How to search a column vertically for a text string

    Hi Skywriter & Richard,

    Skywriter, your code works (almost) perfectly, but I should have mentioned that column C skips over some dates.

    If the date is not found in column C, it gives the error: "Object variable or With block variable not set".

    If not found, would you/someone know how to ignore that error, so that foundInRowNumber remains null?

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    I also tried Richard's approach, but that gives a sub or function not defined error. I'll see if I can also find a workaround for that.

    Thanks so much to you both for the help so far!!
    -jmc

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    Re: How to search a column vertically for a text string

    Thanks so much everyone!

    I used the below code to get it working, and also ignores pop-up errors, if the date is not found in column C:

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    If in the event the date is not in column C, then foundInRowNumber would remain as null.

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    Re: How to search a column vertically for a text string

    Quote Originally Posted by jmccoughlin View Post

    I also tried Richard's approach, but that gives a sub or function not defined error. I'll see if I can also find a workaround for that.

    Thanks so much to you both for the help so far!!
    -jmc
    My offering wasn't VBA it was a standard Excel function. If you want to use the row value it returns in VBA then just read the cell into a VBA variable. I always think it's better to use standard functions where possible rather than harder to read VBA which after all is only replicating in a much slower way what the machine code function will do more efficiently.

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    Re: How to search a column vertically for a text string

    Quote Originally Posted by jmccoughlin View Post

    I also tried Richard's approach, but that gives a sub or function not defined error. I'll see if I can also find a workaround for that.

    Thanks so much to you both for the help so far!!
    -jmc
    My offering wasn't VBA it was a standard Excel function. If you want to use the row value it returns in VBA then just read the cell into a VBA variable. I always think it's better to use standard functions where possible rather than harder to read VBA which after all is only replicating in a much slower way what the machine code function will do more efficiently.

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    Re: How to search a column vertically for a text string

    Hm, interesting idea. Thanks, Richard! I had no idea that was possible -- I'll give that a shot now! -jmc

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    Re: How to search a column vertically for a text string

    Quote Originally Posted by jmccoughlin View Post
    Hm, interesting idea. Thanks, Richard! I had no idea that was possible -- I'll give that a shot now! -jmc
    Hi,

    Yes as I intimated I find the technique of using excel functions to control things or supply information much more user friendly than having to worry about vba code which might do the same thing. For instance if you want to check that a particular range of say 5 cells has been filled in then use an

    =IF(COUNTA(A1:A5)=5,0,1)

    and in vba check for the value zero and if necessary issue a warning message

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