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excel – VBA Advanced AutoFilter + Create new sheets based on range

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I need to create new tabs in a workbook based upon a range of cells in a worksheet template. I also want to delete rows of data that do not match the tab name. For example, from the table below I would have a new tab named “2206 – 6” and only data associated with that would remain, keeping in mind that this range of data will change each time the macro is used.


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Interval Number
2206 – 6
6304 – 5
4102 – 20

The table begins in row 11, but I need to retain all of the information above. I have an Advanced Filter Macro that gets close to what I want, but its doing two things I don’t want: creating empty tabs and not retaining information above row 11.

Sub parse_data()
    Dim lr As Long
    Dim ws As Worksheet
    Dim vcol, i As Integer
    Dim icol As Long
    Dim myarr As Variant
    Dim title As String
    Dim titlerow As Integer

    vcol = 1
    Set ws = Sheets("Offshore Searches")
    lr = ws.Cells(ws.Rows.Count, vcol).End(xlUp).Row
    title = "A11:G20"
    titlerow = ws.Range(title).Cells(1).Row
    icol = ws.Columns.Count
    ws.Cells(1, icol) = "Unique"

    For i = 2 To lr
        On Error Resume Next
        If ws.Cells(i, vcol) <> "" And _
          Application.WorksheetFunction.Match(ws.Cells(i, vcol), ws.Columns(icol), 0) = 0 Then
            ws.Cells(ws.Rows.Count, icol).End(xlUp).Offset(1) = ws.Cells(i, vcol)
        End If

    myarr = Application.WorksheetFunction.Transpose(ws.Columns(icol).SpecialCells(xlCellTypeConstants))

    For i = 2 To UBound(myarr)
        ws.Range(title).AutoFilter field:=vcol, Criteria1:=myarr(i) & ""
        If Not Evaluate("=ISREF('" & myarr(i) & "'!A1)") Then
            Sheets.Add(after:=Worksheets(Worksheets.Count)).Name = myarr(i) & ""
            Sheets(myarr(i) & "").Move after:=Worksheets(Worksheets.Count)
        End If
        ws.Range("A" & titlerow & ":A" & lr).EntireRow.Copy Sheets(myarr(i) & "").Range("A1")
        Sheets(myarr(i) & "").Columns.AutoFit
    ws.AutoFilterMode = False
End Sub

I also have a macro which creates tabs based on a range without the advanced filter, so each tab looks identical (just the tab name changes)

Sub CreateWorkSheetByRange()
    Dim WorkRng As Range
    Dim ws As Worksheet
    Dim arr As Variant

    On Error Resume Next

    Set WorkRng = Application.Selection
    Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8)
    arr = WorkRng.Value
    Sheets("Offshore Searches").Select
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False

    For i = 1 To UBound(arr, 1)
        For j = 1 To UBound(arr, 2)
            Set ws = Worksheets.Add(after:=Application.ActiveSheet)
            ws.Name = arr(i, j)
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

Is there a way to both create tabs based on a range while simultaneously using an advanced filter?

How to&Answers:

Another option (tested)

All functions bellow, in a separate module
It copies the main sheet, deletes the button and uses auto filter to remove unneeded rows

This uses dictionaries and late binding is slow: CreateObject(“Scripting.Dictionary”)

Early binding is fast: VBA Editor -> Tools -> References -> Add Microsoft Scripting Runtime

Option Explicit

Private Const X As String = vbNullString
Public Sub CreateTabs()
    Const FIRST_CELL    As String = "Interval Number"
    Const LAST_CELL     As String = "Vesting Doc Number (LC/RS)"
    Dim wb As Workbook, ws As Worksheet, wsNew As Worksheet, d As Dictionary, i As Long
    Dim fr As Long, lr As Long, fc As Long, found As Range, rng As Range, val As String

    SetDisplay False
    Set wb = ThisWorkbook
    Set ws = wb.Worksheets("Offshore Searches")
    Set found = FindCell(ws.UsedRange, FIRST_CELL)
    If Not found Is Nothing Then
        fr = found.Row + 1
        fc = found.Column
    End If
    Set found = FindCell(ws.UsedRange, LAST_CELL)
    If Not found Is Nothing Then lr = found.Row - 1

    If fr > 0 And fc > 0 And lr >= fr Then
        If Not ws.AutoFilter Is Nothing Then ws.UsedRange.AutoFilter
        Set rng = ws.Range(ws.Cells(fr, fc), ws.Cells(lr, fc))
        Dim arr As Variant, r As Long
        arr = rng
        Set d = New Dictionary
        For r = 1 To UBound(arr)
            val = Trim(CStr(arr(r, 1)))
            val = CleanWsName(val)
            If Not d.Exists(val) Then d.Add r, val
        For i = 1 To d.Count
          If Not WsExists(d(i)) Then
            ws.Copy After:=wb.Worksheets(wb.Worksheets.Count)
            Set wsNew = wb.Worksheets(wb.Worksheets.Count)
            With wsNew
             .Name = d(i): If .Shapes.Count = 1 Then wsNew.Shapes.Item(1).Delete
             Set rng = .Range(.Cells(fr - 1, fc), .Cells(lr, fc))
         rng.AutoFilter Field:=1, Criteria1:="<>" & d(i), Operator:=xlAnd, Criteria2:="<>"
             Set rng = rng.Offset(1).Resize(rng.Rows.Count - 1)
             rng.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeVisible).EntireRow.Delete Shift:=xlUp
            End With
          End If
    End If
    SetDisplay True
End Sub

Public Sub SetDisplay(Optional ByVal status As Boolean = False)
    Application.ScreenUpdating = status
    Application.DisplayAlerts = status
End Sub

Public Function FindCell(ByRef rng As Range, ByVal celVal As String) As Range
    Dim found As Range
    If Not rng Is Nothing Then
        If Len(celVal) > 0 Then
            Set found = rng.Find(celVal, MatchCase:=True)
            If Not found Is Nothing Then Set FindCell = found
        End If
    End If
End Function

Public Function CleanWsName(ByVal wsName As String) As String
    Const x = vbNullString
    wsName = Trim$(wsName)    'Trim, then remove [ ] / \ < > : * ? | "
    wsName = Replace(Replace(Replace(wsName, "[", x), "]", x), " ", x)
    wsName = Replace(Replace(Replace(wsName, "/", x), "\", x), ":", x)
    wsName = Replace(Replace(Replace(wsName, "<", x), ">", x), "*", x)
    wsName = Replace(Replace(Replace(wsName, "?", x), "|", x), Chr(34), x)
    If Len(wsName) = 0 Then wsName = "DT " & Format(Now, "yyyy-mm-dd hh.mm.ss")
    CleanWsName = Left$(wsName, 31)         'Resize to max len of 31
End Function

Public Function WsExists(ByVal wsName As String) As Boolean
    Dim ws As Worksheet
    With ThisWorkbook
        For Each ws In .Worksheets
            If ws.Name = wsName Then
                WsExists = True
                Exit Function
            End If
    End With
End Function


  • Interval Numbers format is consistent: Unit & ” – ” & Week (=B12 & ” – ” & C12)
  • Interval Numbers are not longer than 31 character, and don’t contain these special chars: [ ] / \ ? * .
    • If so, the sheet names will be shortened to 31 chars
    • and all special chars mentioned removed (Excel limitation for Sheet names)
  • Working row starts after cell “Interval Number” and stop before “Vesting Doc Number (LC/RS)”
  • There are no spaces before or after “Interval Number” and “Vesting Doc Number (LC/RS)”
  • Main tab name is exactly “Offshore Searches”, and it contains only one button (“Create Tabs”)


For what you have shown in the images, you may try something like this to achieve that…

Sub InsertSheets()
Dim sws As Worksheet, ws As Worksheet
Dim slr As Long, i As Long
Dim Rng As Range, Cell As Range
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Application.DisplayAlerts = False
Set sws = Sheets("Sheet1")
If sws.Range("A12").Value = "" Then
    MsgBox "No Interval Numbers found on the sheet.", vbExclamation
    Exit Sub
End If
slr = sws.Range("A11").End(xlDown).Row
Set Rng = sws.Range("A12:A" & slr)
For Each Cell In Rng
    On Error Resume Next
    On Error GoTo 0
    sws.Copy after:=Sheets(Sheets.Count)
    Set ws = ActiveSheet
    ws.Name = Cell.Value
    With ws
        For i = slr To 12 Step -1
            If i <> Cell.Row Then ws.Rows(i).Delete
        Next i
    End With
    Set ws = Nothing
Next Cell
Application.DisplayAlerts = True
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub