In an Excel column, I have formulas that return TRUE or FALSE. Each formula consists of alphanumeric strings that always begin with the letter ABC and end with seven digits. The string's center section can change.

For example:

=OR(ABC_XYZ_0001234 >0 , ABC_XYZ_0001235 <0).

These strings of letters and numbers represent cells from another workbook. These strings should be replaced with the cell address where they were located.

For example:

 =OR('[Wrkbook.xlsx]Sheet1'!$A$39 >0 , '[Wrkbook.xlsx]Sheet1'!$A$40 <0).

The strings are particular to the final worksheet.

I tried the following code with no success:

Sub FindStringInOtherWorkbook()

Dim strSearch As String
Dim rng As Range
Dim wb As Workbook
Dim ws As Worksheet
Dim c As Range
Dim rplce As String

'Set the range to search in the active sheet
Set rng = ActiveSheet.Range("A")

'Open the second workbook
Set wb = Workbooks.Open("C:\path\to\Wrkbook.xlsx")

'Loop through each sheet in the second workbook
For Each ws In wb.Sheets
'Loop through each cell in the range
For Each c In rng
strSearch = c.Value
'Search for the string in the current sheet
Set c = ws.Cells.Find(What:=strSearch, LookIn:=xlValues, LookAt:=xlWhole)
'If a match is found, return the cell address
If Not c Is Nothing Then
rplce = Replace (rng, rplce.Value, c.Address)
End If
Next c
Next ws

'Close the second workbook
wb.Close

End Sub
Jan 22 in Others 24 views

## 1 answer to this question.

First, look up all ABC_* values in the workbook, then record addresses in a dictionary. After extracting the ABC_ strings from the column using a regular expression, replace the extracted strings with addresses using the dictionary.

Sub FindStringInOtherWorkbook()

Const FOLDER = "" ' "C:\path\to\"

Dim wb As Workbook, ws As Worksheet
Dim dict As Object
Dim rng As Range, c As Range, fnd As Range, first As Range
Dim f As String, n As Long

' dictionary
Set dict = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")

'Open the second workbook and extract ABC_ addresses
Set wb = Workbooks.Open(FOLDER & "Wrkbook.xlsx")
For Each ws In wb.Sheets
With ws.UsedRange
Set fnd = .Find("ABC_*", LookIn:=xlValues, lookAT:=xlWhole)
If Not fnd Is Nothing Then

Do
Set first = fnd
'Debug.Print fnd.Value, fnd.Address(0, 0, xlA1, True)
Set fnd = .FindNext(fnd)

End If
End With
Next

' regular expression
Dim regEx As Object, m As Object
Set regEx = CreateObject("VBScript.RegExp")
With regEx
.Global = True
.MultiLine = False
.IgnoreCase = True
.Pattern = "(ABC_.*?\d{7})"
End With

'Set the range to search in the active sheet
Set rng = ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Columns("A")
For Each c In rng.Cells
f = c.Formula
If regEx.test(f) Then
For Each m In regEx.Execute(f)
s = m.submatches(0)
If dict.exists(s) Then
f = Replace(f, s, dict(s))
n = n + 1
End If
Next
c.Formula = f
End If
Next
MsgBox n & " replacements made", vbInformation

'Close the second workbook
wb.Close

End Sub

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