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 How to select a column based on the column header in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2017-12-05

Supposing, you have a large worksheet which contains multiple columns, and now, you would like to select the specific column based on a column header name. To find the column by column in a large worksheet will waste much time, this article, I will introduce a quick method to solve this job in Excel.

Select a column based on the column header name with VBA code


Select a column based on the column header name with VBA code

The following VBA code can help you to select the columns based on a specific header name, please do as this:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: Select column based on column header name:

Sub FindAddressColumn()
'Updateby Extendoffcie
    Dim xRg As Range
    Dim xRgUni As Range
    Dim xFirstAddress As String
    Dim xStr As String
    On Error Resume Next
    xStr = "Name"
    Set xRg = Range("A1:P1").Find(xStr, , xlValues, xlWhole, , , True)
    If Not xRg Is Nothing Then
        xFirstAddress = xRg.Address
        Do
            Set xRg = Range("A1:P1").FindNext(xRg)
            If xRgUni Is Nothing Then
                Set xRgUni = xRg
            Else
                Set xRgUni = Application.Union(xRgUni, xRg)
            End If
        Loop While (Not xRg Is Nothing) And (xRg.Address <> xFirstAddress)
    End If
    xRgUni.EntireColumn.Select
End Sub

Note: In the above code, A1:P1 is the range of headers that you want to select columns from, and “Name” in the script xStr = "Name" is the header name that you want to select columns based on. Please change them to your need.

3. After copying and pasting the code, please press F5 key to run this code, and all the columns with the specific header name have been selected at once, see screenshot:

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Good job, works great!
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Hi everyone...

How can I make it so that only the column data is selected, without the header, instead of the entire column?

Thanks
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Thank you spo much saved my day !
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Thanks - at first it seemed to work, but then I noticed it didn't include the first-found column - it started with the second and on.

Which is explainable: you set xRg twice, but you do not include the first one.

TBH: initially I thought it worked fine, but then that 'error' showed up and I had to figure out why....

I fixed it as follows: (in Excel the comments will turn green and show my edits: '***)

<code>

Sub FindAddressColumn()

'Updateby Extendoffcie

Dim xRg As Range

Dim xRgUni As Range

Dim xFirstAddress As String

Dim xStr As String

On Error Resume Next
xStr = "Name"
Set xRg = Range("A1:P1").Find(xStr, , xlValues, xlPart, , , True)

If Not xRg Is Nothing Then

xFirstAddress = xRg.Address

Do

If xRgUni Is Nothing Then

Set xRgUni = Range(xFirstAddress) '*** Using the first-found range

Else

Set xRgUni = Application.Union(xRgUni, xRg)

End If



Set xRg = Range("A1:P1").FindNext(xRg) '*** Now searching for the second/next ones



Loop While (Not xRg Is Nothing) And (xRg.Address <> xFirstAddress)

End If

xRgUni.EntireColumn.Select

End Sub


</code>

This now works for me, but I hope to learn from you if I overlooked anything.
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Hi, Can you suggest the macro for the issue mentioned below by Shaun
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Hi, looks great work. But I am getting the compile error: Argument not optional while highlighting the ". Union". What should I do?
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This is great, but what if I wanted to copy say, CustomerName, OrderNumber, OrderDate, FulfillmentDate, OrderStatus from Sheet1 with many more columns.
How do I only specify the columns that are needed to be copied to another sheet? This seems to only specify one column.
I have tried some things, but the problem is more where the columns are not necesarily in the same order on the source sheet. The source data in Sheet1 is pasted from the Windows clipboard to the Excel sheet.

It may be, CustomerName, OrderDate, OrderNumber, OrderStatusm FulfillmentDate or some other order.

I need them to be copied into a new sheet in a specific order as there are formulas in Sheet2 that are applied to what is copied from Sheet1 to Sheet2.

Other than shifting columns around after pasting from Windows clipboard, I can't figure this out.

Please help if possible.

Thank you kindly for the above though.
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Dim xRg As Range
Dim xRgUni As Range
Dim xFirstAddress As String
Dim xStr As String

Are variables being declared.

Hence to use the above code again for another column you would have to declare new variables.

Dim xRg2 As Range
Dim xRgUni2 As Range
Dim xFirstAddress2 As String
Dim xStr2 As String

And replace every instance of xRg with xRg2 in the code ect. Does that make sense?
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