Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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 9, 2016)

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Did you ever want to reverse the contents of what is contained in a cell? Using the Reverse macro, you can easily change "My text" to "txet yM." The macro is instructive in techniques to access and modify the contents of a cell.

Sub Reverse()
    If Not ActiveCell.HasFormula Then
        sRaw = ActiveCell.Text
        sNew = ""
        For J = 1 To Len(sRaw)
            sNew = Mid(sRaw, J, 1) + sNew
        Next J
        ActiveCell.Value = sNew
    End If
End Sub

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

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

Author Bio

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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What is three more than 8?

2016-08-12 11:15:09

JMJ

@Micky,
OK, well played! :-)


2016-08-10 06:33:02

Michael (Micky) Avidan

@JMJ,
It will still remain a single VBA command:

If Not ActiveCell.HasFormula Then Selection = StrReverse(Selection)

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Michael (Micky) Avidan
“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator
“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2017)
ISRAEL


2016-08-09 07:45:53

JMJ

@Micky
Yes, very nice!
But there IS a difference: Allen's macro explicitly excludes formulas, while yours doesn't.
So, a cell containing A1 & A2 will be ignored in the first case and its content will be reverted in the second. But the formula is gone, then!
Using one solution or the other depends on what you really need...
JMJ


2016-08-09 07:22:22

Michael (Micky) Avidan

To the best of my knowledge - the following single command will achieve the same:

Selection = StrReverse(Selection)

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Michael (Micky) Avidan
“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator
“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2017)
ISRAEL


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