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Hi Stuart Resnick

I am beginner and try to control some special characters.

I just need to check the particular range has any special character or not. If there is any, it should not allow me to go further. The below coding is working, but it warns me TWICE and third time it allows me to go further. I am missing something here. Can you help me here...

I have used this coding into module, and calling this procedure in my other procedure using like (call ChrChk)...

Please note that I am controlling any range, but for "F" coloumn. The range is received through user input in M1, M2 cells.

Hope i m making it clear now.

Sub ChrChk()
Dim r As Range
With Sheets("Sheet2") For Each r In Range("F" & .Range("M1").Value & ":F" & .Range("M2").Value)

If r.Value Like "*[!0-9,a-z,.,@]*" Then
MsgBox "Special Characters '*[!0-9,a-z,.,@]* ' are not allowed", vbCritical, "Special character"

End If


End With

End Sub




ANSWER: If the procedure finds a special character, you want it to show message and then stop... you don't want it to continue looking for more special characters in the range.

Therefore, after the MsgBox line of code, the next line should be:

Exit Sub

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

QUESTION: Perfect. It worked and I could also recall it now. However, i get another problem. The next action is not performing...The below is entire coding tells you what i am trying to do here...

If WorksheetFunction.CountIf(.Range("P" & .Range("M1").Value & ":P" & .Range("M2").Value), ">50") > 0 Then
       JV = MsgBox("Hey...the 'Line Item text length' is more than 50", vbCritical, "Text length check")
For Each r In Range("F" & .Range("M1").Value & ":F" & .Range("M2").Value)
         If r.Value Like "*[!0-9,a-z,.,@]*" Then
         MsgBox "Doc.Head Text-Special Characters '*[!0-9,a-z,.,@]* ' are not allowed", vbCritical, "Special character"
         Exit Sub
         End If

ElseIf Range("M1").Value = 0 Or Range("M2").Value = 0 Then
       JV = MsgBox("Hey....the Data range is empty. You cannot generate Journal", vbCritical, "Journal Range Check")


Can you guide me please, i do again some mistake here..

Thanks in advance,


The code you sent isn't correct. Look at the structure of your IF lines:

If ...
Else ...
ElseIf ...

So you must clean that up.

Then: if, after the MsgBox row, you want to stop looking for special characters, but CONTINUE with other lines of code in the procedure, then instead of Exit Sub, you should use Exit For.
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