Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Reversing Cell Contents.

Reversing Cell Contents

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 4, 2018)

Did you ever want to reverse the contents of what is contained in a cell? Using the StrReverse function in VBA, you can easily change "My text" to "txet yM."

Dim sTemp As String

sTemp = "My text"
sTemp = StrReverse(sTemp)

When completed, the text in the sTemp variable will be equal to "txet yM." If you want to reverse the contents of a cell in a worksheet, you could use the following:

Selection = StrReverse(Selection)

This reverses whatever cell is selected in the worksheet. I find it helpful, though, to build out the usage just a bit to make sure that only a single cell is selected and that the cell does not contain a formula:

If Selection.Count =1 Then
    If Not Selection.HasFormula Then Selection = StrReverse(Selection)
End If

This macro only affects a single selected cell, and it will not make any changes to a cell that contains a formula.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3451) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Reversing Cell Contents.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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