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    Add / remove column of table with user input

    Hi everyone,

    I have a table in a locked sheet with a certain number of columns by default. Given that the sheet is locked, the user can't add or remove columns so I'm looking for a way to do something like that in VBA:
    When the user clicks on the "Add a column" button, a pop-up window appears, asking for the column name. Once entered by the user, a new column is created (with the name entered by the user as its header) and added to the table (on the right side).
    Inversely, a user can click on the "Remove a column" button, which requires to provide the name of the column to be removed. Once entered (and if the column does exist), then the column is deleted.

    One particular thing is that the remove button can only remove the columns that were added by the user previously (not the default columns that I created initially).

    Here's what I have for now but I don't know if I'm making any mistakes here or if there is a cleaner way to write it:

    Add a column:
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    TO remove the column:
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    This code does not cover the situation where the user tries to delete one of the default columns (that I dont want him to remove) or if he tries to delete a column that does not exist.


    I feel like only VBA can help with that routine but let me know if you think about an alternative!

    Thanks a lot
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    Re: Add / remove column of table with user input

    This wont delete the 3 original columns to the left of the table.

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    Re: Add / remove column of table with user input

    That's great, thank you very much.

    One related question. Would there be a way to modify this code to prevent deleting the default columns even if new columns are inserted in-between.
    Example:
    I have the following default columns:
    A - B - C - D - T
    T is a total column that will always be the last column of the table (i.e. the add button inserts custom columns between D & T)

    I add the button to add custom columns named 1 & 2. The table then becomes:
    A - B - C - D - 1 - 2 - T

    In this situation, the remove button must allow for deletion of 1 & 2 without being able to delete A, B, C, D and more importantly T.

    I don't know if there is an easy way to do so ( I can live without it but that would answer my issue perfectly)

    Thanks again for the help, much appreciated

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    Re: Add / remove column of table with user input

    This checks the header before deleting a column. If it's one of the default columns, it wont delete it. Change A,B,C,D,T in the code to the headers you want protected.

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    Re: Add / remove column of table with user input

    That's perfect! Thanks a lot AlphaFrog

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