Find a Number Between Two Numbers
Enhance Excel's Find feature to search for the first occurrence of a number that falls between two specified numbers.
Like all Microsoft Office applications, Excel has a Find feature to help locate a specified value or text string in a range, worksheet, or workbook. However, no such feature exists to find the first occurrence of a number that is between an arbitrary minimum and a maximum number. This tutorial provides some Excel VBA macro code to do just that.
Many people would go with a loop to get a number between a nominated range, but that can be extremely slowand horribly inefficient if the worksheet contain thousands of used cells. The method in this tutorial makes use of the SpecialCells method to check numeric cells only.
The code works in the same way as the standard Find feature does. That is, it searches all cells on the worksheet if only a single cell is selected or only the selected cells if more than one cell is selected.
It searches by rows, locating and selecting the first cell that has a value between (not equal to) the specified minimum and maximum.
Right-click on the sheet tab of the worksheet and select View Code → Insert → Module. In the new module, paste the following code:
Sub GetBetween( ) Dim strNum As String Dim lMin As Long, lMax As Long Dim rFound As Range, rLookin As Range Dim lFound As Long, rStart As Range Dim rCcells As Range, rFcells As Range Dim lCellCount As Long, lcount As Long Dim bNoFind As Boolean strNum = InputBox("Please enter the lowest value, then a comma, " _ & "followed by the highest value" & vbNewLine & _ vbNewLine & "E.g. 1,10", "GET BETWEEN") If strNum = vbNullString Then Exit Sub On Error Resume Next lMin = Left(strNum, InStr(1, strNum, ",")) If Not IsNumeric(lMin) Or lMin = 0 Then MsgBox "Error in your entering of numbers, or Min was a zero", vbCritical, "Ozgrid.com" Exit Sub End If lMax = Replace(strNum, lMin & ",", "") If Not IsNumeric(lMax) Or lMax = 0 Then MsgBox "Error in your entering of numbers, or Max was a zero", vbCritical, "Ozgrid.com" Exit Sub End If If lMax < lMin Then MsgBox "Min is greater than Max", vbCritical, "Ozgrid.com" Exit Sub End If If lMin + 1 = lMax Then MsgBox "No scope between Min and Max", vbCritical, "Ozgrid.com" Exit Sub End If If Selection.Cells.Count = 1 Then Set rCcells = Cells.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeConstants, xlNumbers) Set rFcells = Cells.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeFormulas, xlNumbers) Set rStart = Cells(1, 1) Else Set rCcells = Selection.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeConstants, xlNumbers) Set rFcells = Selection.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeFormulas, xlNumbers) Set rStart = Selection.Cells(1, 1) End If 'Reduce down range to look in If rCcells Is Nothing And rFcells Is Nothing Then MsgBox "Your Worksheet contains no numbers", vbCritical, "ozgrid. com" Exit Sub ElseIf rCcells Is Nothing Then Set rLookin = rFcells.Cells 'formulas ElseIf rFcells Is Nothing Then Set rLookin = rCcells.Cells 'constants Else Set rLookin = Application.Union(rFcells, rCcells) 'Both End If lCellCount = rLookin.Cells.Count Do Until lFound > lMin And lFound < lMax And lFound > 0 lFound = 0 Set rStart = rLookin.Cells.Find(What:="*", After:=rStart, LookIn:=xlValues, _ LookAt:=xlWhole, SearchOrder:=xlByRows, _ SearchDirection:=xlNext, MatchCase:=True) lFound = rStart.Value lcount = lcount + 1 If lCellCount = lcount Then bNoFind = True Exit Do End If Loop rStart.Select If bNoFind = True Then MsgBox "No numbers between " _ & lMin & " and " & lMax, vbInformation, "Ozgrid.com" End If On Error GoTo 0 End Sub
Close the VBE, return to Excel proper, and save your workbook.
To run the code, press Alt/Option-F8, select the macro, and press Run. The GETBETWEEN dialog will pop up and ask you to "Please enter the lowest value, then a comma, followed by the highest value." Enter 1,10 and click OK. The number 2 will be highlighted because the number 2 is the first cell that has a value between (not equal to) the specified minimum (1) and maximum (10).
This code will not locate a zero value.
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