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Swapping Two Strings

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 4, 2020)

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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 strings. In some versions of BASIC, there are commands that handle this, but there isn't in VBA. The following very simple technique should do the trick for most people:

TempString = MyString1
MyString1 = MyString2
MyString2 = TempString

When completed, the values in MyString1 and MyString2 have been swapped, and TempString doesn't matter, since it was intended (by this technique) as a temporary variable anyway.

If you prefer to not use a temporary variable (for whatever reason), you could use the following code to swap two strings:

MyString1 = MyString1 & MyString2
MyString2 = Left(MyString1, Len(MyString1) - Len(MyString2))
MyString1 = Right(MyString1, Len(MyString1) - Len(MyString2))

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (10207) 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 Strings.

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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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2021-07-13 09:37:06

Willy Vanhaelen

Here is another shorter way to swap the strings without the temp variable:

MyString1 = MyString1 & Chr(0) & MyString2
MyString2 = Split(MyString1, Chr(0))(0)
MyString1 = Split(MyString1, Chr(0))(1)

I used the Chr(0) delimiter because I am sure this will never appear in a string.


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