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How to automatically hide columns based on date in Excel?

Supposing, I have a range of data in a worksheet, now, I want to hide the columns based on a specific date automatically. For example, when I enter the date 5/16/2016 in a cell, I want to hide the columns which date is less than this specific date immediately as following screenshot shown. This article will introduce some tricks for solving it.

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Automatically hide columns based on a specific date with VBA code

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To complete this task, the following VBA code may help you, please do as follows:

1. Select the sheet tab which you want to hide by date, and right click to choose View Code from the context menu to go to the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window , and then copy and paste the following code into the Module:

VBA code: Automatically hide columns based on specific date:

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'Updateby Extendoffice 20160725
    Dim xCell As Range
    If Target.Address <> Range("K4").Address Then Exit Sub
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    For Each xCell In Range("A1:I1")
        xCell.EntireColumn.Hidden = (xCell.Value < Target.Value)
    Next
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

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2. Then save and close this code, go back to the worksheet, and now, when you enter the date into cell K4, the columns which date is less than this specific date will be hidden automatically.

Note: In the above code, K4 is the specific date cell which you want to hide the columns based on, A1:I1 is the row cells contain the date you used.


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If you are not familiar with the code, here is a handy tool-Kutools for Excel, with its Select Specific Cells utility, you can finish this job with ease.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:

1. Select the date headers, and click Kutools > Select > Select Specific Cells, see screenshot:

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2. In the popped out Select Specific Cells dialog box, select Entire column from the Selection type, and then choose the criteria, such as Less than from the Specific type drop down list, and enter the date into the next to text box which you want to hide columns based on, see screenshot:

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3. And then click Ok button, the specific columns which date is less than 5/16/2016 are selected at once, see screenshot:

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4. Then right click any one selected column header, and select Hide to hide theses selected columns as you need. See screenshot:

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    Seven · 1 years ago
    I have the same issue as Chris. The cell with my date does not always change. I need the macro to run regardless of whether the date has changed from last month or is the same as last month without having to click on the cell itself and hit enter to trigger the "Change"
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    Chris · 2 years ago
    Hello,
    Thanks for the code.
    In my case the cell K4 is a calculation cell from the formula =EOMONTH(A1,0). Example: A1 = 01.03.2017. K4 takes the value 31.03.2017. But the VBA code that you propose does not hide the columns until I click on K4 cell and press Enter to refresh it. I tried to add Range("K4").calculate but with no effect. Help please.