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# Hiding Columns Not within a Date Range

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 19, 2019)

Jason has a worksheet that contains several columns, each of which represent a fiscal week for his company. These fiscal weeks begin with column G, with column H being the second fiscal week, column I being the third week, and so forth. Jason would like to create a macro that, when run, would look at today's date, calculate the fiscal week based on that date, and then hide any of the fiscal-week columns that are not within a specified range.

For the purposes of providing an answer, I'm going to assume that the range you want displayed will be equal to the 13 weeks (one quarter) immediately preceding the current fiscal week. With this in mind, there are a couple of things that must be done by the macro. First, it must determine what fiscal week it currently is. Then, it must hide all weeks not in the 13 weeks prior to this current fiscal week and unhide all those that are.

This is all relatively easy to do, with the exception of figuring out which fiscal week it currently is. The method of determining fiscal weeks can vary wildly from company to company. For simplicity's sake, however, I'm going to assume that the determination is fairly straightforward: divide the day of the year by seven and see what we have.

The following macro implements the approach discussed so far.

```Sub HideWeeks()
Dim BeginYear As Date           'start of fiscal year date
Dim FirstWeekCol As Integer     'first fiscal week column
Dim FirstShowWkCol As Integer   'first column to show
Dim CurrWkCol As Integer        'current week column
Dim J As Integer

BeginYear = Cells(1, 1).Value
FirstWeekCol = 7  'fiscal weeks begin with Col 7 (G)

'Calculate Column of the current fiscal week
CurrWkCol = ((Date - BeginYear) \ 7) + FirstWeekCol - 1
'Calculate column of the first week to show
FirstShowWkCol = CurrWkCol - 14
If FirstShowWkCol < FirstWeekCol Then
FirstShowWkCol = FirstWeekCol
End If

Application.ScreenUpdating = False

'Unhide all columns
Columns("G:IV").Hidden = False  'Unhide all week Columns

'Hide week column before the rolling quarter
For J = FirstWeekCol To FirstShowWkCol
Columns(J).Hidden = True
Next J

'Hide week column after current week
For J = CurrWkCol + 1 To 256
Columns(J).Hidden = True
Next intCol

Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub
```

Note that there is one value that must be grabbed from the worksheet in this macro: the last day of the prior year. It is assumed that this is in cell A1, and it is grabbed and placed in the BeginYear variable. This value is used to determine the day of the current year.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9550) 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: Hiding Columns Not within a Date Range.

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Allen Wyatt

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What is two more than 3?

2015-06-12 11:07:55

Willy Vanhaelen

@David Roberts

intCol is used nowhere in this macro. So simply remove it or replace Next intCol by Next J.

2015-06-11 13:25:33

David Roberts

I am trying to use this code and I keep getting a "Compile error: Invalid Next control variable reference" error at the "Next intCol" line.

The only difference between my spreadsheet and that of the original poster is that my data begins in column C.

Any idea what I am doing wrong?

2014-01-22 13:36:13

Glenn Case

Rather than read the date of the last day of last year from the spreadsheet, why not just calculate it as follows:

BeginYear = DateValue("12/31/" & Year(Now) - 1)

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