Excel/Sort with VBA


Using Excel 2007 VBA:
I need to sort my sheet in order to remove blank rows. There is a header. The code I have now is as follows:

   Cells.sort Key1:=Range("d2"), Order1:=xlAscending,    Header:=xlYes, OrderCustom:=1, _
   MatchCase:=False, Orientation:=xlTopToBottom

It works, but it's slow, presumably because it selects the entire sheet (cells). (If I were to do it manually, I'd do crtl end, shift crtl home, then sort)
What's the faster and better way to do this in VBA?


I can restrict the area you are sorting, but I can't guarantee it will speed things up.

Dim r as Range, lastrow as long, lastcol as Long
lastrow = cells(rows.count,"A").End(xlUp).row
lastcol = cells(1, columns.Count).End(xltoLeft).Column

set r = Range("A1", cells(lastrow, lastcol))

r.sort Key1:=Range("d2"), _
      Order1:=xlAscending, _
      Header:=xlYes, _
      OrderCustom:=1, _
      MatchCase:=False, _

This assumes that I can tell the last used row by looking in column A and I can find the last used column by using row 1. Further it assumes your headers are in row 1 starting in A1.

Tom Ogilvy

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

Your code works and is substantially faster than what I had. Thank You!
What I don't understand is how it can work when Column A has lots of blank cells, but yet it still finds the lastrow correctly. I thought that
lastrow = cells(rows.count,"A").End(xlUp).row
would be equivalent to manually selecting A1, End/cursor down (in which case it wouldn't find the last used row).
What am I missing?


what you describe would be  cells(1,"A").End(xldown).row

mine is equivalent to going to the bottom of the spread sheet (row 65536 in excel 2003 and earlier, row 1048576 in excel 2007 to present) in column A.   then hitting the end key followed by hitting the up arrow.  

So I am approaching from the bottom and not affected by embedded blank cells.  

Tom Ogilvy  
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