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XL2000: Error Message: Run-time Error '9': Subscript out of Range

This article was previously published under Q211604
When you attempt to copy a Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications modulesheet in a Visual Basic macro procedure, you may receive the followingerror message:
Run-time error '9':
Subscript out of range
This problem may occur if the following conditions are true:
  • You are using the Copy method of the Sheets collection to copy a Visual Basic module sheet. Your line of code may be similar to the following:
    ThisWorkbook.Sheets("Module2").Copy before:=ActiveWorkbook.Sheets(1)					
  • The module sheet that you are trying to copy was inserted manually in Microsoft Excel.
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For more information about the support options that are available and about how to contact Microsoft, visit the following Microsoft Web site:;EN-US;CNTACTMSThe following sample macro illustrates how to copy the contents of a moduleto a new code module contained in another workbook. This example assumesthat you have a workbook open that contains two modules.
  1. Start the Visual Basic Editor (press ALT+F11).
  2. If Project Explorer is not visible, press CTRL+R to activate Project Explorer.
  3. Click to select the Visual Basic project that contains the module sheet that you want to copy.
  4. On the Tools menu, click References. Click to select the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Extensibility 5.3 check box, and then click OK.
  5. Click Module on the Insert menu.
  6. Type the following code into the module sheet:
       Sub CopyModule()      Dim CodeLines As String      Dim ModuleToCopy As VBComponent      Dim NewModule As VBComponent      ' Set a variable to the module to copy.      ' Note: This assumes that the name of the module to copy is      ' "module2". Replace "Module2" with the name of the module to copy.      Set ModuleToCopy = _             Application.VBE.ActiveVBProject.VBComponents("module2")      ' Get the Visual Basic code from the module.      CodeLines = ModuleToCopy.CodeModule.Lines _                 (1, ModuleToCopy.CodeModule.CountOfLines)      ' Create a module sheet in another workbook.      ' Note: You must refer to the name of the Visual Basic project. By      ' default, the name of all new projects is "VBAProject". You may want      ' to rename the project to which you are copying the contents of the      ' module sheet.      Set NewModule = Application.VBE.VBProjects("VBAProject") _                      .VBComponents.Add(vbext_ct_StdModule)      ' Add the Visual Basic code to the new module.      NewModule.CodeModule.AddFromString CodeLines      ' Rename the new module to the name of the previous module.      NewModule.Name = ModuleToCopy.Name   End Sub					
  7. Run the CopyModule procedure.
Excel will insert a new module sheet into the Visual Basic project namedVBAProject, and will copy the code from the module named Module2 in the active Visual Basic project.

For additional information about manual insertion of modules, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
213726 XL97: Modules Inserted Manually Are Not in Modules Collection

Article ID: 211604 - Last Review: 11/23/2006 09:27:25 - Revision: 4.3

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