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Sorry I didn't include enough info on my original request.  I was looking at this VBA code from one of your older posts on the site:

I guess my question now is, should I change the part of the code that you wrote from FontBold to ExcludeBold?

I'm trying to count the 10 largest numbers in a column.  The column also has subtotals I want to exclude from the large funtion.  Those subtotals are in bold, so I was hoping to find some kind of code that would incoporate the large function, while excluding bold entries in the column.



If you want to use that function, then that would be OK.  Since it returns true if the cell is bold, then you would next it in the NOT function.  So if I wanted to work on A1:A40, I could put in the formula


entered with Ctrl+shift+enter rather than just enter.  

If I wanted to get a sorted list of the numbers from largest to smallest, in the first cell I would put.

again using Ctrl+shift+enter, then select that cell and drag fill it down the column for as far as necessary.

as you drag down the function, the row(A1) which returns a 1 will change to row(A2) and return a 2 and so forth.  This is just a trick so you can provide the second argument to the Large function.  

by using the IF construct in the first argument to LARGE, then values that are in bolded cells are seen as containing False and are ignored by the LARGE function.  

there is no need to rename the function - the example I was giving was just that.  I used made up names just to illustrate what I was talking about.  Now that you show me the actual function, then you can just use that name (FontBold). \

This was tested and worked for me.

(the FontBold code should be put in a general module.  In the Visual Basic Editor, choose Insert=>Module and put the code in that module.  Don't put it in the sheet module (right click on the sheet tab and select view code - don't use that one).  

Tom Ogilvy  
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