Get Column Letter of Active Cell in VBA


M

MIG

For some reason, activecell.column returns a number, where as
range.select requires a string.

So it's not possible to, say, select a range based on returning the
current column, or is it?

Is there a way of either

a) returning the column letter or

b) selecting a range based on column number?

Thanks.
 
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Don Guillett Excel MVP

For some reason, activecell.column returns a number, where as
range.select requires a string.

So it's not possible to, say, select a range based on returning the
current column, or is it?

Is there a way of either

a) returning the column letter or

b) selecting a range based on column number?

Thanks.

columns(3).select
cells(1,3).entirecolumn.select
range("c1").entirecolumn.select

Sub whatcolletter()
With Range("c1")
MsgBox "The current column is " & Chr$(.Column + 64)
MsgBox "The last column is " & Chr$(.Column + .Columns.Count + 64)
End With
End Sub
 
M

MIG

columns(3).select
cells(1,3).entirecolumn.select
range("c1").entirecolumn.select

Sub whatcolletter()
With Range("c1")
 MsgBox "The current column is " & Chr$(.Column + 64)
 MsgBox "The last column is " & Chr$(.Column + .Columns.Count + 64)
 End With
End Sub

Aha.

So it looks like cells.select is what I want rather than range.select.

Thanks much.
 
M

MIG

Hi Don

The solution have problems beyond column Z.
We had a pretty fun thread summer 2004 when rumors said that future Excel
might have more than 256 columns, athttp://www.dailydoseofexcel.com/archives/2004/05/21/column-numbers-to...

Best wishes Harald

Yes, that occurred to me too, but in my case resolved by selecting
based on number through cells.select instead of range.select. Numbers
are much more intuitive than strings for this sort of thing.
 
J

James Ravenswood

For some reason, activecell.column returns a number, where as
range.select requires a string.

So it's not possible to, say, select a range based on returning the
current column, or is it?

Is there a way of either

a) returning the column letter or

b) selecting a range based on column number?

Thanks.

To get the letter(s) of the active cell column:

Sub ActiveCellColumnLetter()
MsgBox Split(ActiveCell.Address, "$")(1)
End Sub
 
I

india.ankurchawla

For some reason, activecell.column returns a number, where as
range.select requires a string.

So it's not possible to, say, select a range based on returning the
current column, or is it?

Is there a way of either

a) returning the column letter or

b) selecting a range based on column number?

Thanks.

Function coletter(col As Integer) As String
arr = "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ"
If col > 26 Then
remainder = col Mod 26
devisor = (col - remainder) / 26
If remainder > 0 Then
coletter = Mid(arr, devisor, 1) & Mid(arr, remainder, 1)
Else
coletter = Mid(arr, devisor - 1, 1) & Mid(arr, 26, 1)
End If
Else
coletter = Mid(arr, col, 1)
End If

End Function
 
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G

GS

Function coletter(col As Integer) As String
arr = "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ"
If col > 26 Then
remainder = col Mod 26
devisor = (col - remainder) / 26
If remainder > 0 Then
coletter = Mid(arr, devisor, 1) & Mid(arr, remainder, 1)
Else
coletter = Mid(arr, devisor - 1, 1) & Mid(arr, 26, 1)
End If
Else
coletter = Mid(arr, col, 1)
End If

End Function

It's a lot simpler than that...

range(columns(5).address)

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T

tmcconnell78

To get the letter(s) of the active cell column:

Sub ActiveCellColumnLetter()
MsgBox Split(ActiveCell.Address, "$")(1)
End Sub

Man, you made my day! This is the neatest solution!
 
K

kingdt.dk

It's a lot simpler than that...



range(columns(5).address)



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Cheers Garry

From your suggestion i came up with this function. Will return only the column letter(s). Not sure if it's perfect but working for me.

Function ColToLetter(colNo As Variant) As String

ColToLetter = Mid(Columns(colNo).Address, 2, (InStr(2, Columns(colNo).Address, ":") - 2))

End Function
 
G

GS

Cheers back at ya'!

Try this...

Function GetColLabel$(ColNum&)
Split(Replace(Columns(ColNum).Address,"$",""),":")(0)
End Function

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drake6000

For some reason, activecell.column returns a number, where as
range.select requires a string.

So it's not possible to, say, select a range based on returning the
current column, or is it?

Is there a way of either

a) returning the column letter or

b) selecting a range based on column number?

Thanks.

Here ya go
MyCol = Columns(ActiveCell.Column).Address
this will return a result of $A:$A or whatever column you have active.
 
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G

GS

This returns the column label for a specified column index...

Function GetColLabel$(ColNum&)
Split(Replace(Columns(ColNum).Address,"$",""),":")(0)
End Function


This returns the column range address for a specified column index...

Function GetColRangeAddr$(ColNum&)
Columns(ColNum).Address
End Function


This returns the column index of the 1st column index of a specified
range...

Function Get_FirstColNum&(Addr$)
Dim sLabel$
sLabel = Split(Split(Addr, ":")(0), "$")(1)
GetColNum = Columns(sLabel).Column
End Function


This returns the column index of the last column index of a specified
range...

Function Get_LastColNum&(Addr$)
Dim sLabel$
sLabel = Split(Split(Addr, ":")(1), "$")(1)
GetColNum = Columns(sLabel).Column
End Function

--
Garry

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