Example for SpecialCells Method Incorrect

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On Page 625 of the "Microsoft Excel 5 Visual Basic for Applications Reference" and in online Help in Microsoft Excel version 5.0, the example for the SpecialCells method states the following:
This example activates the last cell in the current selection.
This statement is incorrect. When you use the SpecialCells method with the xlLastCell value, it does not activate the last cell of the current selection; instead, the xlLastCell value always activates the last used cell on the worksheet. For example, if the cells between A1 and M15 all contain data, or did at one time, then M15 is the last used cell.

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Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. The following is the correct code that will activate the last cell of the current selection. The code assumes that the selection is a contiguous block of cells.
   Sub Activate_Selection_Lastcell()
       ' Get the number of rows of the selection.
       RowCount = Selection.Rows.Count
       ' Get the number of columns of the selection.
       ColumnCount = Selection.Columns.Count
       ' Activate the last cell of the selection.
       Selection.Cells(RowCount, ColumnCount).Activate
   End Sub


"Microsoft Excel 5.0 Visual Basic for Applications Reference," version 5.0, page 624, "SpecialCells Method"


Article ID: 149772 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 3.0
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