Excel/VBA writing


Hi Tom

I would like a small piece of code that does the following:

Everytime the workbook is opened the text in worksheet SPtemplate2, range A1:E3000 is trimmed.

Could you help me with this please?

Thanks in advance

Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell,

go into the VBE (Alt+V11).  In the project explorer find the "Thisworkbook" entry for the project you are working on.  Right click on that and select view code.

paste in code like this:

Private Sub Workbook_Open()
Dim r As Range, v As Variant, sh As Worksheet
Dim i As Long, j As Long
Set sh = ThisWorkbook.Worksheets("SPtemplate2")
Set r = sh.Range("A1:E3000")
v = r.Value
For i = 1 To UBound(v, 1)
 For j = 1 To UBound(v, 2)
   v(i, j) = Application.Trim(v(i, j))
r.Value = v
End Sub

I would expect that to do what you describe.  All these entries should be constants - not formulas (unless you don't want to keep the formulas).

Note that Trim function won't removed non-breaking space characters and probably some others.  So if you don't get the desired results I might need to examine that sheet to see what is causing your concern.

the Workbook_Open event will fire whenever a workbook is opened as long as macros are enabled.

Tom Ogilvy

Tom Ogilvy

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