Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Understanding the If ... End If Structure.

Understanding the If ... End If Structure

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated August 24, 2021)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016


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Macros in Excel are written in a language called Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Like any other programming language, VBA includes certain programming structures which are used to control how the program executes. One of these structures is the If ... End If structure. The most common use of this structure has the following syntax:

If condition Then
    program statements
Else
    program statements
End If

When a macro is executing, and this structure is encountered, Excel tests whatever condition you have defined. If the condition is true, then the program statements, the statements right after the Then keyword, are executed. If they are not true, then the statements after the Else keyword are executed. The Else keyword and any following program statements (which together make up an Else clause) are optional; you do not need to include them in your macro.

Regardless of whether the program statements in the If ... End If structure are executed, when Excel is done with the structure, the macro continues running with the statement following the End If keyword.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (12081) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Understanding the If ... End If Structure.

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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 five more than 4?

2021-08-24 11:09:10

JMJ

@Micky
Yes, you can. but I think it should be avoided, for sake of maintainability of code!
It reminds me the "APL programmer's theorem" : for each program written in APL, it's possible to write another one, with exactly the same functionalities, but shorter :-)


2017-01-17 06:02:42

Michael (Micky) Avidan

Correction of a "small" TIPO:
If you have 2-3 tasks to perform - they can also be on a single command as long as they are separated by colons (:).
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Michael (Micky) Avidan
“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator
“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2017)
ISRAEL


2017-01-16 14:28:35

Adam

@Micky
that is an awesome comment you added there. Little piece of knowledge that has past over the bulk of us!


2017-01-16 09:12:22

Michael (Micky) Avidan

@Ben,
If you have 2-3 tasks to perform - they can also be on a single command שד ךםמע שד איקט שרק separated by colons (:).
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Michael (Micky) Avidan
“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator
“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2017)
ISRAEL


2017-01-15 19:26:11

Ben Davies

It's worth noting that if you only have one task to perform if the condition is true, then the entire code can be written on one line, and no "End if" is required. For example:

If wb is Nothing Then
Set wb = Workbooks.Add
End If

..can be written:

If wb is Nothing Then Set wb = Workbooks.Add


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