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excel – Reverse Loop – count down cells to 1

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I have never done a loop in VBA before and i am stuck. I have found numerous example on the web and here and can’t seem to tweak it to get it to do what i want. So i would appreciate your help!

Basically i am creating a document revision table, the current revision comes in from another sheet and is entered into a cell, the loop i want to take that cell – 1 in the next cell down until it gets to 1. Example if .range("A1") = 5 then A2 = 4, A3 = 3 A4 = 2 and A5 = 1. This is my attempt at it.

Sub RevisionLoop()
Dim Rev As String
Dim i As Integer
i = 0

Rev = ThisWorkbook.Worksheets(1).Range("A1")
Do While Rev > 0
Range("A1").Offset(i, 0) = Rev
i = i - 1
Rev = Rev - 1
End Sub

The minimum number will be 1. Can you advise where i have gone wrong please? Also i am not to sure if my first Dim should be a String as i don’t fully understand these yet. :-S Thank you!

How to&Answers:

The first thing to do is find the last row in your sheet.
Then instead of the Do While loop, use a loop instead.
Your loop should include “Step -1” in order to work from last to first (reverse order).

Sub FindLastRowInOneColumn_then_LoopInReverse()
    'Find the last used row in a Column: column A in this example
    Dim LastRow As Long

    With ActiveSheet
        LastRow = .Cells(.Rows.Count, "A").End(xlUp).Row
    End With

    'Loop Through All Rows in Reverse Order
        For x = LastRow To 0 Step -1
            'Change The Value In Column A to x
            ActiveSheet.Cells(x, 1).Value = x
        Next x
End Sub

Reference 1: https://www.rondebruin.nl/win/s9/win005.htm
Referecne 2: https://www.thespreadsheetguru.com/the-code-vault/a-vba-for-loop-in-reverse-order