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Filling a Range of Cells with Values

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated July 16, 2022)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Excel in Microsoft 365, and 2021


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Jonathan is creating a macro and needs to fill a range of cells with values. For instance, if he needs to fill the range A1:C1, it currently takes three statements to fill that range:

Range("A1") = "Test1"
Range("B1") = "Test2"
Range("C1") = "Test3"

He wonders if there is a way to fill them in a single statement, similar to the following:

Range("A1:C1") = ("Test1","Test2","Test3")

Jonathan's desired syntax is close, but it won't work. Here's how it will work:

Range("A1:C1") = Array("Test1","Test2","Test3")

Note the use of the Array statement, which tells VBA that what follows should be considered a sequence of values to be used in the sequence of cells at the left of the operator. Interestingly enough, you could stuff values into variables and also use the Array statement, as shown here:

sOne = "Apples"
sTwo = "Oranges"
sThree = "Artichokes"
Range("A1:C1") = Array(sOne, sTwo, sThree)

You can also work with straight variables, if you prefer:

Dim sMyStrings(2) As String
sMyStrings(0) = "Apples"
sMyStrings(1) = "Oranges"
sMyStrings(2) = "Artichokes"
Range("A1:C1") = sMyStrings

The above code could also be rewritten, as follows:

Dim sMyStrings(2) As String
sMyStrings = Array("Apples", "Oranges", "Artichokes")
Range("A1:C1") = sMyStrings

Finally, if you wanted to have the values placed into a single column rather than in a row, you would need to use the Transpose function, in this manner:

Range("A1:A3") = Application.Transpose(Array("Test1","Test2","Test3"))

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (11702) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Excel in Microsoft 365, and 2021. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Filling a Range of Cells with Values.

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What is eight more than 2?

2022-08-02 11:49:05

Mike D.

@J.Woolley

Ahhh, a little more has crept into my gray matter.

Allen's code had the issue, not me. I changed the DIM to Variant and deleted the (2) from the length and it worked perfectly.

Thank you
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Sub mike_2()

Dim sMyStrings() As Variant
sMyStrings = Array("Apples", "Oranges", "Artichokes")
Range("A1:C1") = sMyStrings

End Sub
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


2022-08-02 10:28:34

J. Woolley

@Mike D.
The VBA Array(...) function must be assigned to a Variant variable or Variant array of undeclared size, so this is not allowed for two reasons:
    Dim A(2) as String
    A = Array("Apples", "Oranges", "Artichokes")
Note that Variant is the default type, so these are OK:
    Dim A() As Variant, B As Variant, C, D()
    A = Array("Apples", "Oranges", "Artichokes")
    B = Array(1, 2, 3)
    C = Array("Apples", "Oranges", "Artichokes")
    D = Array(1, 2, 3)
Also, be careful with Option Base; the default is 0, but it might have been declared as 1 in your module. The qualified function VBA.Array(...) is not affected by Option Base, so this always creates an array like A(0 to 2):
    A = VBA.Array("Apples", "Oranges", "Artichokes")
But this might create A(0 to 2) or A(1 to 3) depending upon Option Base:
    A = Array("Apples", "Oranges", "Artichokes")
See https://sites.google.com/view/MyExcelToolbox/


2022-08-02 08:32:30

Mike D.

Thank you Peter and Willy.
I have been able to get it to work with the other code Allen posted, I was trying to figure out what I was doing wrong.
I experimented with the code and figured out a few things. I will try your suggestions for fun. Learn, learn learn.

What I am hoping is to figure out the syntax for the variable = Array(data, data, data).
I feel it should work but there is something simple I am missing.

Thanks again


2022-08-02 06:46:50

Willy Vanhaelen

@Peter Atherton

You can even write it as a one liner:

Sub t()
Range("A1:C1") = Split("Apples Oranges Artchokes")
End Sub


2022-08-02 06:18:24

Peter Atherton

Mike D

Try this

Sub t()
Dim s
Dim sMyStrings As Variant

s = "Apples, Oranges,Artichokes"
sMyStrings = Split(s, ",")
Range("A1:C1") = sMyStrings
End Sub


2022-08-01 15:17:25

Mike D.

I copied your code from above and ran into an error I cannot resolve.

Dim sMyStrings(2) As String
sMyStrings = Array("Apples", "Oranges", "Artichokes")
Range("A1:C1") = sMyStrings

Compile Error:
Can't assign to array

The editor highlights the sMyStrings variable as the culprit.
What am I missing? (Running 365)


2022-08-01 14:23:57

Mike D.

I copied your code from above and ran into an error I cannot resolve.

Dim sMyStrings(2) As String
sMyStrings = Array("Apples", "Oranges", "Artichokes")
Range("A1:C1") = sMyStrings

Compile Error:
Can't assign to array

The editor highlights the sMyStrings variable as the culprit.
What am I missing? (Running 365)


2022-07-16 10:14:03

J. Woolley

In newer versions of Excel with dynamic arrays, here is yet another way using curly brackets like {...}.
For 3 columns in one row:
Range("A1").Formula2 = "={""Test1"",""Test2"",""Test3""}"
For 3 rows in one column:
Range("A1").Formula2 = "={""Test1"";""Test2"";""Test3""}"
Each results in an array formula of text constants instead of the Tip's array of constant text values.


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