Macro to Select all Data on a Worksheet

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In Microsoft Excel, you can select all the data on your worksheet by pressing the key combination CTRL+SHIFT+END (CONTROL+SHIFT+END on Macintosh). You can also simulate these keystrokes in the macro described in this article.


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Sample Visual Basic Procedure

The following procedure selects data from the currently selected cell, to the end of the data on your worksheet.
   Sub Select_All()
      Range(Selection, Selection.SpecialCells(xlLastCell)).Select
   End Sub
You can easily modify the procedure to select from a specific cell by adding the following statement to the beginning of the procedure:
where B2 is the reference of the specific cell.

Microsoft Excel version 4.0 Macro

The following macro selects data from the currently selected cell, to the end of the data on your worksheet. You can easily modify the macro to select from a specific cell by changing the SELECT() function in cell A2 to select the starting cell you want.

For example, to select from the first cell (R1C1) on your worksheet, change the SELECT() function in A2 to read: =SELECT("R1C1").

To create and run this macro:

  1. Enter the following macro on a macro sheet:
    A1: SelectAll
    A2: =SELECT("RC")
    A3: =GET.CELL(1)
    A5: =GET.CELL(1)
    A7: =RETURN()
  2. Select cell A1 and choose Define Name from the Formula menu.
  3. The name SelectAll should show up in the Name box in the Define Name dialog box.

    If not, you already have a name defined as SelectAll, so choose a different name for this macro and enter it in the Name box.
  4. In the Define Name dialog box, select the Command option.
  5. If you like, you can enter a shortcut key for this macro by selecting the Key: Ctrl+ box and typing the character you choose.
  6. In the Define Name dialog box, choose the OK button.
  7. To run your macro, choose Run from the Macro menu and select your macro name from the list, or, if you defined a shortcut key, press CTRL+<your shortcut key> (use CONTROL on the Macintosh).


"Microsoft Excel User's Guide 2," version 4.0, pages 231-238

"Microsoft Excel Function Reference," version 4.0, pages 191-194, 238- 239, 349-350, 378-379

"Microsoft Excel User's Guide," version 3.0, pages 595-600

"Microsoft Excel Function Reference," version 3.0, pages 103-105, 129, 192-193, 209-210
For additional information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
163435 Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications


Article ID: 89949 - Last Review: November 16, 2006 - Revision: 2.4
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