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Mismatch with match function in excel VBA

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Questions:

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I have the above data in row 1 (i.e. cell A1, cell B1, cell C1, etc).

I want to find the column number of the cell that contains Apr 2013.

Here’s my code:

MsgBox Application.Match("Apr 2013", Range("1:1"), 1)

which returns mismatch error. Any idea what went wrong?

How to&Answers:

You try this instead:

Sub main()
    Dim stringToMatch$
    stringToMatch = "Apr 2013"
    Call DisplayMatchingColumnNumber(ActiveSheet, stringToMatch)
End Sub

Sub DisplayMatchingColumnNumber(ByRef ws As Worksheet, str$)
Dim i&, x$
    For i = 1 To ws.Cells(1, Columns.Count).End(xlToLeft).Column
        x = Right(CStr(ws.Cells(1, i).Value), 8)
        If StrComp(x, str, vbTextCompare) = 0 Then
            MsgBox "the column number is: " & i
        End If
    Next i
End Sub


As Microsoft says:

Arg2 is Required of type Variant 
Lookup_array - a contiguous range of cells containing possible lookup values. 
Lookup_array must be an array or an array reference.

Therefore:

Sub ReadAboutFunctionsYouAreUsing()
    Dim x
    x = Array("Apr 2013", "Mar 2013", "Feb 2013")
    MsgBox Application.Match("Apr 2013", x, 1)
End Sub


User Defined Function
in any cell type: =getColumnNumber("Apr 2013")

Function getColumnNumber(str$)
    Dim i&, x$
    For i = 1 To ActiveSheet.Cells(1, Columns.Count).End(xlToLeft).Column
        x = Right(CStr(ActiveSheet.Cells(1, i).Value), 8)
        If StrComp(x, str, vbTextCompare) = 0 Then
            getColumnNumber = i
        End If
    Next i
End Function

Answer:

I get this sort of thing in VBA a lot, especially with dates. Here’s what I would do:

Dim tmpRng As Range
Set tmpRng = ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("Sheet1").Range("AA:650") 'or some other unused cell
tmpRng.Value = "Apr 2013"
MsgBox Application.Match(tmpRng, Range("1:1"), 1)
tmpRng.Value = ""

For some reason, Match seems to like having a cell reference as its first parameter.