XL2000: Custom Function to Turn Nonadjacent Cells into an Array

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In Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications, you can create a custom function that will turn a nonadjacent selection of cells into an array. This is useful with many of the built-in Microsoft Excel functionsthat require a single range or an array as input when the data on the worksheet is not contained in a contiguous range.
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Sample Visual Basic Procedure

This MakeArray function can use any contiguous range of cells as its arguments. Nonadjacent ranges are separated by commas.
Function MakeArray(ParamArray CellAddress()) As Variant   ' Declaration of function variables.   Dim Temp As Variant   Dim TheArray() As Variant   Dim Count As Integer, Ver as Integer   Dim W As Integer, X As Integer, Y As Integer, Z As Integer   ' Initialize the Count variable.   Count = 1   ' Set the variable Ver = 0 if the version of Microsoft Excel is   ' greater than 8 (8 is Microsoft Excel 97 for Windows).   If Left(Application.Version, Len(Application.Version) - 1) >= 8 Then      Ver = 0   Else      Ver = 1   End If   ' Set variable X from Ver to the total number of arguments in   ' the CellAddress array.   For X = Ver To UBound(CellAddress, 1)      ' Temp equals the first element of the CellAddress array.      Set Temp = CellAddress(X)      ' Test Temp to see whether it is an array.      If IsArray(Temp) Then         ' If Temp is an array, set Y from 1 to the total number         ' arguments in the Temp array's first dimension.         For Y = 1 To UBound(Temp.Value, 1)             ' If Temp is an array, set Z from 1 to the total number            ' arguments in the Temp array's second dimension.            For Z = 1 To UBound(Temp.Value, 2)               ' ReDimension TheArray, Preserving any existing               ' values, from 1 to Count.               ReDim Preserve TheArray(1 To Count)               ' TheArray, element Count equals Temp, element Y in the               ' first dimension by element Z in the second dimension.               TheArray(Count) = Temp(Y, Z).Value                ' Increment the Count variable by one.               Count = Count + 1            Next Z         Next Y      ' If Temp is not an array, proceed from here.      Else         ' ReDimension TheArray, preserving any existing         ' values, from 1 to Count.         ReDim Preserve TheArray(1 To Count)          ' TheArray element Count equals Temp.         TheArray(Count) = Temp         ' Increment the Count variable by one.         Count = Count + 1      ' End the block If statement.      End If   Next X   ' Return TheArray to our function MakeArray.   MakeArray = TheArrayEnd Function				

Using The Sample Procedure

  1. Start a new Excel workbook and enter the following information in a worksheet:
          A1: 1   B1: 2     D1: 5      A2: 3   B2: 4     D2: 6					
  2. Start the Visual Basic Editor (Press ALT+F11)
  3. On the Insert menu, click Module.
  4. Type the sample Visual Basic MakeArray function code (shown above) into the module.
  5. Return to the worksheet (Press ALT+F11)
  6. On the worksheet, select cells A4:F4, type the following formula into the Formula bar
    and then press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to enter the formula as an array formula.
The result will resemble the following example:
   A4:1   B4:2   C4:3   D4:4   E4:5   F4:6 				
For more information about how to use the sample code in this article, clickthe article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
212536 OFF2000: How to Run Sample Code from Knowledge Base Articles
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Article ID: 213403 - Last Review: 10/24/2013 07:21:00 - Revision: 1.0

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