Posts Tagged ‘VBA’

Excel : Form to Save Data P-1

March 31, 2020 Leave a comment

Learning : VBA Codes to Save Data
Subject: Create Form to collect Data

In a very fast and as simple as we can, we will design and write VBA codes to transform three fields of Data from an Excel sheet “Form” to another sheet “Data”.

To keep thing as simple as we can, we will not use any Validations on user inputs in this example.

First, we will re-name a sheet to “Form” and another one to “Data”. In sheet [Form] we will create a simple Form to collect Names, Company Name and Emails of our customers, also we add a button and call it Save. As in Image-1


For companies Name, We will create a list then we will link it to Cell”D9″ so we can select a “Company Name” from a drop-down list. So to do this First in the Data sheet I will write a list of companies Name as (Comp Name 1,Comp Name 2,Comp Name 3, …. to Comp Name 10). I start my list from Cell “H8” [As in Image-2] you may start from any Cell you want.


Now to link a Dropdown list of our companies Name to Cell “D9″ Do this:
1. Goto Cell”D9”.
2. From the menu we will select “Data” then “Data Validation” and select Data Validation. [Image-3]


3. In the Allow [Select “List”], then in the Source we select the range of Companies we write [Range Cells H8:H17] or just write this: =$H$8:$H$17. Then click OK. See Image-4


Now if we try to click on Cell “D9” we will have a list as in Image-5.


In the “Data” Sheet we will just create the Table Header as in Image-6, and will go-back to “Form” Sheet.


Now we will write the VBA codes and link it to to a “Save” Button we create. To open the Visual-Basic window we select “Developer” From the Top menu, then Press Visual Basic.

Then we write this code and link it to the Save Button. ..

 # VBA Macro code to Save Data to Data sheet 

Sub Save_data()
' Save_data Macro
' Macro recorded 2020-03-29 by HP

    ' Set Variables
    Name = Range("D7").Value
    comp_name = Range("D9").Value
    Email = Range("D11").Value

    ' Goto data sheet
    ' This line will get the Next empty Row in the Data sheet.
    emp_row = Range("A" & Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Offset(1).Row
    Range("A" & emp_row).Value = Name
    Range("B" & emp_row).Value = comp_name
    Range("C" & emp_row).Value = Email
    'Go to Form Sheet.
    ' Clear data cells.
    Range("D7").Value = ""
    Range("D9").Value = ""
    Range("D11").Value = ""
End Sub

Now if we enter some data [as we said: No Validation on the data] and press the Save button, the data will be coped to next empty row in the Data Sheet.

Enhancement: In some cases as in our coming project, it’s better to create a sheet and call it “Setting”, then we can have our Lists (such as Company-Name), Colors, Filters all to be in the Setting sheet. [We will see this in the Next Project.]

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By: Ali Radwani

Excel, VBA Codes and Formulas-4

March 26, 2020 Leave a comment

Learn To : In Excel – Highlight the Row when clicked.

Assume we have a table, and all we want to do is that if the user click anywhere in the table that ROW will change it’s color.

1. From the Top menu, Go to “Developer”, then Press Visual Basic.

2. from the select the sheet name containing the table. ( We have it in Sheet 2 )
3. Then we select “SelectionChange” action from the

4. Write this code:
If Not Intersect(ActiveCell, Range(“C8:E9999”)) Is Nothing Then
Range(“A1”).Value = Target.Row

End If

5. You need to know your Table Range, in my example, the range is (“C8:E9999”). I add the “9999” so i will be sure the even if we add more data to out Table the code will handle it.

6. Now we need to add a rule in the “Manage Roles” in “Conditional Formatting” from the Excel Menu. Here is how to Open it.

7. Select the “” then add new Rule, Follow the Image showing the steps to do that. Once we finish it should work fine.

Now, when the user click any cell in the Table the Row will change it’s color (Format) as we set it.

🙂 Have Fun ..

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By: Ali Radwani

Excel, VBA Codes and Formulas-1

March 8, 2020 7 comments

Learn To : In Excel – Drop Down List in a cell.

I start working on a project for a friend, he has some requests to be done on a MS-Excel, so I thought why not to write several posts about MS-Excel capabilities.

MS-Excel is a great application to be used, I will not write to praise the program, but will jump to coding. In Excel we can use dozens of built in ready to use tools and Formulas. Also MS-Excel has a very good, easy to use and learn programming language called VBA (Visual Basic for Application) which with simple code we can perform some tasks and create Menus, buttons and functions that runs in background.

Starting from this post we will use some built-in functions and VBA’s one that I am using in my Excel files.
So let’s say we have a table that has a column called “Pay-Method”, the value we save in this column always is one of three: “Cash, Card, Cheque” we don’t want the user to type it every time, but to select it from a list.

To do this we can use an static approach or a Dynamic approach.

Static Approach: if we have a specific answers that can’t be more like (Yes,No) or as our example above (Cash, Card, Cheque) or similar cases then we can use an static approach. So First Select First cell in the Table, from the menu we will select “Data” then “Data Validation” and select Data Validation.


  • From the Allow box, we select List.
  • Then in Source box, we need to type the items we want to appear in each cell as a drop-down list separated by a comma. Cash, Card, Cheque
  • We need to check [Ignore Blank and In-cell Dropdown] Then Click OK.

Now we will have a small arrow on the first cell in our Table, to copy the List to other Cells (Beneath) hold the small DOT and Drag it down.

And Now we are DONE, we just create a Dropdown List in all “Pay-Method” Column in the table..

Dynamic Approach: If we have a list of items and this list is growing (We may add more items ti it), such as Fruit list in a grocery, then we will use the Dynamic drop-down list.
In this case I prefer to use a new Excel Tab call it “Setting”, so we will create one. On that Tab create a Table call it “Fruit” and list all the fruits you want to be appear in the drop-down cell list (In this example I will list down F1, F2, F3, F4, F5), Select the table and from Menu select “Format as Table” and just chose any format you want. Here is a screen shot.

Here is a screen shot

Move the Mouse next to table head until you get small Arrow, and give it a name. as in here..

Now go-back to our main Table and using the same way we did in the Static Approach (from the menu we will select “Data” then “Data Validation” and select Data Validation.) AND

  • From the Allow box, we select List.
  • Then in Source box, we need to type the Name we select for our table “F-Table_1” for the fruit table
  • We need to check [Ignore Blank and In-cell Dropdown] Then Click OK.

Done … Now if we add new Fruit to the list “F6” it will appear in our Drop-Down cell list.

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By: Ali Radwani

My Fitbit Data

October 22, 2019 Leave a comment

Solving My Fitbit data Problem
Subject: VBA code to combine Fitbit excel files into one

I purchase a Fitbit Alta HR in 2017, and since then I wear it and never take it off unless for charging. Fitbit Alta HR is a very nice slim device, but unfortunately there was no way to upload my previous data from my old device to my Fitbit, this was not the only issue with Fitbit data, now; after three years still we can’t download Fitbit data in one file, if you want to do this (each time) you need to send a request to Fitbit team and they will prepare the file for you!! Instead, Fitbit site allow you to download your data as month by month, in my case I will have almost 32 files.

Solving the Problem: After downloading the excel files and look at them, I decide to write a code to help me combine all the current 32 files and any coming once into one data file. First I start thinking to use Python to do this task, but after second thought I will use the Excel file and VBA macro coding to do it.
Here in coming paragraph I will post about the general idea and some codes that i use.

General Idea: I will use same structure of Fitbit file and name it as “fitbit_All_data_ali”, in this file we will create new tab and name it Main. In the Main tab we will create several buttons using excel developer tools and will write the macro VBA code for each task we need to operate.

Tabs in our file: Main: Contain buttons and summary about my data.
Body, Food, Sleep, Activities and Food Log. Food Log tab will store the data such as calories, fibers, fat and so-on., all those tabs will be filled with a copied data from each Fitbit data file.

Here are some VBA codes that I use and what it’s purpose .

‘ Get current path.
the_path = Application.ActiveWorkbook.Path
The path on the current excel file.
the_All_Data_file = ThisWorkbook.Name
Get current excel file name
Workbooks.Open Filename:=thepath + my_source_Filename
Open a file
Goto fitbit file, goto food sheet, select the data copy it.
Application.CutCopyMode = False
Workbooks(my_source_Filename).Close SaveChanges:=False
Close an open excel file.
Selection.EntireRow.Insert , CopyOrigin:=xlFormatFromLeftOrAbove
To insert a black Row
sname = ActiveSheet.Name
Get current sheet name
Function go_next_sheet() As String

‘ This code will go to next sheet if there is one, if not will return ‘last’
go_next_sheet = “no”
Dim sht As Worksheet
Set sht = ActiveSheet

On Error Resume Next

If sht.Next.Visible xlSheetVisible Then
If Err 0 Then
go_next_sheet = “last”
End If

Set sht = sht.Next
End If

On Error Resume Next

End Function

if there is no more tabs or sheets, function will return “last”

Final Results: After i run the code, I have an Excel file contain all my Fitbit data in one place. Mission Accomplished

To Download my Python code (.py) files Click-Here

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