Sat 27 Feb 2016

Challenge 37 - Find nth Alphabet from the Bottom

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Suppose, you have been given a layout as below. The challenge before you is to write a formula to find nth alphabet from bottom. If no criterion is met, blanks should be returned.

C1 hold the value of that nth.

For C1 = 5, answer would be k.
for C1 = 10, answer would be blanks.

The Excel sheet related to this can be downloaded from Challenge 37 - nth Alphabet from the Bottom


The solution to above challenge will be published after a month i.e. on 27-Mar-16.

Sat 30 Jan 2016

Article 35 - VBA - Timer Function and Overcoming Midnight Limitation of Timer Function

By |Saturday, January 30th, 2016|Categories: Articles, VBA|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

The basic and classic and most popular mode to time your code is achieved through Timer function which is natively supplied by VBA. It returns a Single representing the number of seconds elapsed since midnight. Hence, your code will look like following when you want to measure the time and it gives the result in Seconds.

How Accurate is Timer Function


Sat 30 Jan 2016

Challenge 35 - Validate 16 Digits Credit Card Numbers through Mod 10 Algorithm

By |Saturday, January 30th, 2016|Categories: Challenges|Tags: , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

This time challenge is to come up with a formula (or a VBA function though formula is preferred) to give the result of TRUE or FALSE if a 16 digit credit card number can be validated or not using Mod 10 algorithm. The credit card numbers will be stored as Text as Excel can't contain more than 15 significant digits in numeric format.

Below is the way Credit Card Numbers can be verified.

1. Start from the rightmost digit and multiply every odd position digit by 1 starting from rightmost. Hence, 1st, 3rd, 5th....15th digits from rightmost should be multiplied by 1.
2. Start from second rightmost digits and multiply this 2. Multiple every even position digit by 2 starting from 2nd rightmost digit. Hence, 2nd, 4th, 6th....16th digits from rightmost should be multiplied by 2.
3. Perform numerological sum on digits which we got in step 2 if result is > 9.
4. Add the results of step 1 and step 3.
5. This result should be a multiple of 10 if the credit card number is valid.

Look at the below example (Row 1 has credit card number. The numbers are in different cell just to make our understanding correct. The formula / VBA function which you will make will be for all 16 digits in one cell only) -


Hence, if cell A1 contains following credit card numbers, your result should be as follows for following sample numbers -

5026209217581350 - TRUE
7006688888881300 - FALSE
4406212008581350 - TRUE
6809008888881300 - TRUE
6839808008881306 - FALSE

The result would be published after one month i.e. on 1-Mar-16.

Sat 26 Dec 2015

Tips & Tricks 124 - VBA - Check if a Range is Blank When Range Contains Formulas returning Blanks

By |Saturday, December 26th, 2015|Categories: Tips and Tricks, VBA|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

In VBA, often, we have situations where we need to check if a range is blank or not. The popular formula which we see following is used to check whether range is blank or not.


But if your range contains even a single formula which is returning blank, the above will not return the range as blank even though it contains literal blanks.

To handle this, you can use below to check if your range is blank even though the range contains formulas returning blanks.

Range("A1:A100").Rows.Count = WorksheetFunction.CountBlank(Range("A1:A100"))


Sat 12 Dec 2015

Tips & Tricks 122 - Always Open a Specific Worksheet when Workbook is Opened

By |Saturday, December 12th, 2015|Categories: Tips and Tricks, VBA|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

This can only be accomplished through VBA.

1. Save your file as .xlsm
2. ALT+F11
3. Locate your Workbook name in Project Explorer Window
4. Double click on ThisWorkbook
5. Put following code in ThisWorkbook (Replace Sheet Name appropriately)


Sat 12 Dec 2015

Tips & Tricks 121 - Macro to Protect / Un-protect All or Selective Sheets

By |Saturday, December 12th, 2015|Categories: Tips and Tricks, VBA|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

There may be scenarios where you want the facility to protect or unprotect all sheets in one go with added option to choose sheets where to perform this operation. Below is the code to perform this.

1. Save your file as .xlsm
2. ALT+F11
3. Locate your Workbook name in Project Explorer Window
4. Right click on your workbook name > Insert > Module
5. Copy paste the below code in this
6. ALT+F8 to display Macro Window
7. Run your Macro from here

'******* Protect / Un-protect Sheets *******


Sat 14 Nov 2015

Tips & Tricks 117 - VBA - How to Count a particular character in a String

By |Saturday, November 14th, 2015|Categories: Tips and Tricks, VBA|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

When we use formulas inside Excel, we have following stock formula to count the number of times a character appears in a string -


In this, we are trying to count the occurrence of character "a" in A1. Let's assume that A1 = "Abraham Arthurway". Hence, the answer which we would get will be 5.

To count the same in a range of cells -


Now, how to do the same thing in VBA. In VBA, you can use following expression to count this -

UBound(Split(LCase(Range("A1")), "a"))

To count the same in a range of cells -

UBound(Split(LCase(Join(WorksheetFunction.Transpose(Range("A1:A10")))), "a"))

Sun 25 Oct 2015

Article 28 - How to Unhide all Tabs (Worksheets)

By |Sunday, October 25th, 2015|Categories: Articles, VBA|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

If you have many hidden worksheets and you want to hide them in one go, Excel doesn't provide an options to do so. There are many ways to to accomplish the same.

Option 1 - Use Custom Views

1. Unhide all of your sheets (you may use Option 2 or Option 3 below for the same also)
2. Views tab > Custom Views > Add and give this view a name (for example "ShowAll")


Sat 03 Oct 2015

Tips & Tricks 111 - Extract URLs from Hyperlinks

By |Saturday, October 03rd, 2015|Categories: Tips and Tricks, VBA|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

In Excel, sometimes you encounters words which are actually Hyperlinks. Say a cell contains a word Microsoft and you notice that this is in Blue and when you click it, it takes you to Another cell contains, the word Latest Yahoo Movie Blockbuster and when you click it, it takes you to

Now, how to extract this. If there are very few entries like this, you can simply right click the cell > Edit Hyperlink > Copy the URL

But, you have a bunch of entries like this and you need to extract the URLs. For this, the only method is to use a simple piece of code. Don't be frighten even if you have never touched VBA before. Simply follow the following steps -

1. ALT+F11 or Right Click on tab name > View Code to open VBA window.
2. Now locate your workbook on the left side in Project Explorer window though it should be visible by default.
3. Right click on your Workbook Name in Project Explorer window > Insert Module
4. Double click on the module inserted and copy and paste following code

5. Now, in your sheet you can use GetURL as a function like a regular function. If your Hyperlink is in A1, you can write =GetURL(A1) to extract

Credit -

Sat 26 Sep 2015

Article 26 - Converting Amount into Words (Indian Currency - Rupees and Paise)

By |Saturday, September 26th, 2015|Categories: Articles, VBA|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments

Below is the VBA function where you can convert a given amount into Words on the basis of Indian Currency. India utilizes a system which is based on Hundred, Thousand, Lakh.....unlike English system which is based on Hundred, Million, Billion..(Indian Numbering System)

Below are numerical equivalent of Indian words

Lakh - 1,00,000
Crore - 1,00,00,000
Arab - 1,00,00,00,000 (more…)