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: Swapping Two Numbers.

Swapping Two Numbers

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 9, 2019)

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If you do any serious macro programming, there will eventually come a time when you want to swap the values in two numeric variables. In some versions of BASIC, there are commands that handle this. VBA leaves you to our own devices, however. The following technique should do the trick for most people:

    TempNum = MyNum1
    MyNum1 = MyNum2
    MyNum2 = TempNum

When completed, the values in MyNum1 and MyNum2 have been swapped, and TempNum doesn't matter since it was intended (by this technique) as a temporary variable anyway.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9098) 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: Swapping Two Numbers.

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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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What is two more than 2?

2013-10-27 12:21:19

jorge

Of course, why do things easily if they can go by the hard way??


2013-10-20 05:53:00

Michael (Micky) Avidan


Here is another approach (a pure gimmick) to swap two variables without the TempNum:

Sub Swap_2_Variables_Without_TempNum()
Var1 = 2
Var2 = 4
Var1 = Var1 & " " & Var2
Var2 = Split(Var1, " ")(0)
Var1 = Split(Var1, " ")(1)
MsgBox "Varianle Var1 was swapped to: " & Var1
MsgBox "Varianle Var2 was swapped to: " & Var2
End Sub

Michael (Micky) Avidan
“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator
“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2014)
ISRAEL


2013-10-19 05:26:34

Chris

Rather obvious I thought!


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