How to Count Blank Cells in a Specified Range

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In Microsoft Excel, you can use a Microsoft Visual Basic for Applicationsmacro (Sub procedure) to count the blank cells in a specified range.

NOTE: You can also use the COUNTBLANK worksheet function to return thenumber of blank cells in a range.
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. When you run the following macro, an input box will appear requesting youto select the range to be counted.

Sample Visual Basic Procedure

  Sub CountBlanks()       ' Dimension the variables used in the example       Dim Holder As Object       Dim Answer As Integer       ' Creates the object called holder that is equal to the range       ' that is selected from the input box.       Set Holder = _           Application.InputBox("Input range to check for blanks", _           "Blank Cell Counter", Type:=8)       ' Set the counter to 0.       Answer = 0       ' Count each blank cell.       For Each x In Holder           If IsEmpty(x.Value) Then Answer = Answer + 1       Next x       ' Displays answer in a message box.       MsgBox "There are " & Answer & " blank cells in this range."   End Sub				
Microsoft Press: "Excel 5 Visual Basic for Applications Reference," pages335-336

For additional information about getting help with Visual Basic forApplications, please see the following article in the Microsoft KnowledgeBase:
163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications
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