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excel – For Each Next loop unexpectedly skipping some entries

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I have been coding a macro in Excel that scans through a list of records, finds any cells with “CHOFF” in the contents, copying the row that contains it, and pasting those cells into another sheet. It is part of a longer code that formats a report.

It has worked just fine, except that the “For Each” loop has been skipping over some of the entries seemingly at random. It isn’t every other row, and I have tried sorting it differently, but the same cells are skipped regardless, so it doesn’t seem to be about order of cells. I tried using InStr instead of cell.value, but the same cells were still skipped over.

Do you have any idea what could be causing the code just not to recognize some cells scattered within the range?

The code in question is below:

Dim Rng As Range
Dim Cell As Range
Dim x As Integer
Dim y As Integer


Set Rng = Range(Range("C1"), Range("C" & Rows.Count).End(xlUp))
x = 2

For Each Cell In Rng

    If Cell.Value = "CHOFF" Then
        Selection.Delete Shift:=xlUp
        y = x
        x = y + 1
    End If

Next Cell
How to&Answers:

The For Each...Next loop doesn’t automatically keep track of which rows you have deleted. When you delete a row, Cell still points to the same address (which is now the row below the original one, since that was deleted). Then on the next time round the loop, Cell moves onto the next cell, skipping one.

To fix this, you could move Cell up one within the If statement (e.g. with Set Cell = Cell.Offset(-1,0)). But I think this is one of the rare cases where a simple For loop is better than For Each:

Dim lngLastRow As Long
Dim lngSourceRow As Long
Dim lngDestRow As Long
Dim objSourceWS As Worksheet
Dim objDestWS As Worksheet

Set objSourceWS = ActiveWorkbook.Sheets(1)
Set objDestWS = ActiveWorkbook.Sheets(2)

lngLastRow = objSourceWS.Range("C" & objSourceWS.Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row

lngDestRow = 1
For lngSourceRow = lngLastRow To 1 Step -1
        If objSourceWS.Cells(lngSourceRow, 3).Value = "CHOFF" Then
                objSourceWS.Rows(lngSourceRow).Copy Destination:=objDestWS.Cells(lngDestRow, 1)
                lngDestRow = lngDestRow + 1
        End If
Next lngSourceRow

This loops backwards (as per Portland Runner’s suggestion) to avoid having to do anything about deleted rows. It also tidies up a couple of other things in your code:

  • You don’t need to do any Selecting, and it’s better not to (see this question for why)
  • You can specify a destination within Range.Copy rather than having to do a separate select and paste
  • You can change the value of a variable “in place” without having to assign it to a second variable first (i.e. x = x + 1 is fine)
  • you should use Long rather than Integer for variables that contain row numbers, since there are more rows in an Excel spreadsheet than an Integer can handle (at least 65536 compared to 32767 max for an Integer)

Obviously test that it still does what you require!


Try using Selection.Copy instead of Selection.Cut

If you have to remove those lines you can mark the lines (for example writing something in an unused cell) inside the loop and then remove it once finished the main loop.



I had a similar issue when I was trying to delete certain rows. The way I overcame it was by iterating through the loop several times using the following:

For c = 1 To 100
    Dim d As Long: d = 1
    With Sheets("Sheet")
        For e = 22 To nLastRow Step 1
            If .Range("G" & e) = "" Or .Range("I" & e) = "" Then
                .Range("G" & e).EntireRow.Delete
                .Range("I" & e).EntireRow.Delete
                d = d + 1
            End If
    End With
    c = c + 1

So, basically if you incorporate the outer for loop from my code into your code, it should work.