Get info from first cell in row.



I have created a macro to generate an automated email notification when a
command button is clicked, which uses data from the active cell and cells
near it using ActiveCell(1,x) where x is the number of cells to the right of
the active cell i want information from.

The problem is, It only works properly if the first cell in the row is the
Active Cell. I am trying to make it a little more idiot proof. (Less
computer literate personnel may be using this spreadsheet)

Is there a way to either move the active cell to the beginning of the row
when the macro starts, or referance the cells directly in the current row?
(ie, get info from cells in column A, B, and E of current row)

Here is the code I have now:

Sub InitialNotification()
' Is working in Office 2000-2007
' Generates an initial notification email

Dim OutApp As Object
Dim OutMail As Object
Dim strbody As String
Dim FlightDate As String

Set OutApp = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
Set OutMail = OutApp.CreateItem(0)

strbody = _
Chr(13) & _
Chr(13) & _
ActiveCell(1, 2) & ", " & Chr(13) & _
Chr(13) & _
"An EPR must be written for " & ActiveCell & ". " & Chr(13) & _
"Suspense dates are listed below. " & Chr(13) & _
Chr(13) & _
"Flight: " & ActiveCell(1, 3) & Chr(13) & _
"Squadron: " & ActiveCell(1, 4) & Chr(13) & _
"Closeout: " & ActiveCell(1, 5) & Chr(13) & _
Chr(13) & _
"Link: <file://S:\CCS\TSgt & Below EPRs\MXMW>" & Chr(13) & _
Chr(13) & _

SigString = "C:\Documents and Settings\" & Environ("username") & _
"\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\FOUO.txt" 'Replace
FOUO with the name of your

'signature to make this work
If Dir(SigString) <> "" Then
Signature = GetBoiler(SigString)
Signature = ""
End If

With OutMail
.To = ""
.CC = ""
.BCC = ""
.Subject = "EPR- " & ActiveCell
.Body = strbody & Signature
End With

Set OutMail = Nothing
Set OutApp = Nothing
End Sub

This function is also included:

Function GetBoiler(ByVal sFile As String) As String
'Dick Kusleika
' This is used by all three email reminder generating Subs

Dim fso As Object
Dim ts As Object
Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set ts = fso.GetFile(sFile).OpenAsTextStream(1, -2)
GetBoiler = ts.readall
End Function

Chip Pearson

You can reference the first cell of the row containing the ActiveCell
with code like:

Dim R As Range
Set R = ActiveCell.EntireRow.Cells(1,"A")
'reference other cells in the row with code like
Debug.Print R.EntireRow.Cells(1,"B") ' column B
Debug.Print R.EntireRow.Cells(1,"E") ' column E

Chip Pearson
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional
Excel Product Group
Pearson Software Consulting, LLC
(email on web site)


If your references are in row 1, you can make the first line of the macro:


If you want to refer to a specific column in the row with the active cell

Range("C" & ActiveCell.Row).Activate
Range("D" & ActiveCell.Row).Activate


myVar = Range("E" & ActiveCell.Row).Value

You can get additional information by looking up these two topics in the VBA
help files. Press Alt + F11 to access the VBA help files from the menu bar.

"How to reference cells and ranges"
"Referring to cells relative to other Cells"


Yep, this works great.

Reply was quick, thanks. I had tried looking in VBA help and was unable to
find what I needed because I didn't know the syntax.

Thanks alot.


Taking a closer look at your code, I don't know why the absolute cell
references could not be used. Unless I missed something, there is nothing
that makes the use of relative refences necessary, like changing rows. It
appears that all the information is on one row and that the data in each cell
is constant and applied to the same places within the email for each
application. So you could just as easily use:


Instead of ActiveCell(1, 2), assuming A1 is the active cell. And the other
cells could all be treated the same. Range("A3").Value for ActiveCell(1,3),


I change rows manually. I have to enter data into the spreadsheet which
comes to me in emails. And depending on circumstances the notification may
need to go to different people. So automation of that degree is just not

This way, I simply select any cell in the line concerning the report I want
to notify/remind someone of, and start the macro(via command button I added)
to get an email filled out with the proper names and dates from that row.
Each row shows status on a report from a different person.

The macro just keeps me from having to type the same emails 50 times a day.

Thanks for your help though. I used your second option, setting each
relative referance as a variable. It works great, and my code is much easier
to understand now as well.

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