I am trying to add category codes to text categories in an excel spreadsheet. I have a column A with all the category names in text, including duplicates. I have column B with all the category names in text, not including duplicates and I have column C which has the category codes not including duplicates. Each code in column C alligns with its category in column B
051 is the code for agri tools. I want to take the string in column A, Search for this string in column B and then replace the string that was in column A with the code in C.
Is there anyway to do this using VBA or excels built in functions?
If column A contains a list of Category names including duplicates, and columns B & C contain (the same) category names and Category ID’s without duplicates (i.e. a “category code table”), you can
in column D (or maybe better insert a new column between A and B)
for each entry in A you enter
x = current row number
y = starting row of “category code table”
z = end row of “category code table”
You make the coord’s of the lookup table absolute to prevent y & z being changed as you copy the formula down.
Since you want to replace values in column A, give this small macro a try:
Sub FixColumnA() Dim nA As Long, nB As Long, v As Variant Dim i As Long, j As Long nA = Cells(Rows.Count, "A").End(xlUp).Row nB = Cells(Rows.Count, "B").End(xlUp).Row For i = 1 To nA With Cells(i, "A") v = .Value For j = 1 To nB If v = Cells(j, "B").Value Then .Value = Cells(j, "C").Value End If Next j End With Next i End Sub