Build Array in Excel VBA

Desired result: The result would be a function that builds an array of values from column B. The values are restricted by having the same value in column A. 'E.g. Column A value = 1 myArray = (0,1,2)' 'Column B Value = 2 myArray = (4,5,6,7,8)'

First time trying to use arrays in VBA and need help. I have the following data in columns A and B in Excel:

A   B
1   0
1   1
1   2
2   4
2   5
2   6
2   7
2   8
3   9
3   10
3   11
4   12
4   15
4   18

I have the following VBA Code:

Function buildMyArray()

    Dim ARange as Range
    Dim B as Integer
    Dim myArrary as Variant

    For Each ARange In Sheets("SheetName").Range("B:B")
        If ARange.Value = 1 Then
            B = Application.WorksheetFunction.VLookup(ARange.Value, Sheets("SheetName").Range("A:B"), 2, False)
            myArray = Array(B)
        End If
    Next ARange

End Function

I am trying to build a function that will search column A for each instance of an integer (which I will eventually dynamically pass). Then for each instance of that integer do a vlookup on the adjacent column (B). I then want to create an array of the values from the lookup (in the above case (0,1,2)).

The above code is the closest I have gotten. I get returned the first value in B (0) as the only value in the array. I am reasonably confident this is because the array logic is in the If statement. However, if I move it out of there I get compile errors.

Please help a novice learn. Thanks.


think of an array as one row of an excel sheet, with the columns being the indexes. What you want to do you said was store values in said array. So you get your value, b, and you want to put that in the array.

what you want to do:

when declaring the array, declare it like Dim myArrary() as Variant notice the brackets (not positive if they are required but its best practise.

that declares an empty array. Like an excel sheet with no columns. if you knew for A fact the array would have 5 values, you could declare:

Dim myArrary(1 to 5) as Variant that says, its an array with 5 indexes. (like an excel row with 5 columns)

the numbers, 1 to 5, those are the start and end index numbers. so, in that array, when reffering to the first spot, you'd put myArray(1) the brackets like that are how you refer to specific indexes in the array. second spot would be myArray(2) 3rd myArray(3) 4th myArray(4) and 5th (the last spot) would be myArray(5).

You can declare themn like dim myarray(0 to 5) as variant, that means the first index would be myArray(0) - this array would have 6 spot - 0,1,2,3,4,5

So, in your code, you'd need a counter to keep track what iteration of the loop you were on and increment it like counter = cojunter + 1 at the bottom of the loop. (it would increase each time the loop ran) then, replace the line that says myArray = Array(B) with myArray(counter) = B

so each time the loop runs, B will go into a spot in the array.

1 more thing,

because we dont know at the begginning how many spots the array will have, and we declare it empty: dim myArray() as variant you must redefine it after to have spaces before we can add anything. so, at the beginning of the loop, you wanna put Redim Preserve MyArray(1 to counter) this redefines your array as being from 1 to whatever your counter is at. since the counter increases by 1 each time, 1 space will be added to the array each time.

so basically,

replace Dim myArrary as Variant with Dim myArrary() as Variant add: dim counter as long up in the variables (name it whatever u want, just be consistant)

add counter = 1 before the loop to initialize the counter

add ReDim myArray(1 to counter) in the loop, in the if statment (thus only adding the space if B was found

add counter = counter + 1 at the end if the if, but again inside the is, thus only incrementing if a value for B is found

and change myArray = Array(B) to MyArray(counter) = B in the if statement.

Here is a sample that I created. Try this

Option Explicit

Sub sample()
    Dim ws As Worksheet
    Dim rng As Range, aCell As Range, bCell As Range
    Dim MyAr() As String
    Dim n As Long
    Dim SearchString

    '~~> Set this to the relevant worksheet
    Set ws = ThisWorkbook.Sheets("Sheet1")

    SearchString = 2

    With ws
        '~~> Set this to your range
        Set rng = .Range("A1:A14")

        Set aCell = rng.Find(What:=SearchString, LookIn:=xlValues, _
                    LookAt:=xlWhole, SearchOrder:=xlByRows, SearchDirection:=xlNext, _
                    MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False)

        If Not aCell Is Nothing Then
            Set bCell = aCell

            '~~> Store the value from Col B in the array
            ReDim Preserve MyAr(n)
            MyAr(n) = aCell.Offset(, 1).Value
            n = n + 1

            '~~> Find Next occurance
                Set aCell = rng.FindNext(After:=aCell)

                If Not aCell Is Nothing Then
                    If aCell.Address = bCell.Address Then Exit Do

                    '~~> Store the value from Col B in the array
                    ReDim Preserve MyAr(n)
                    MyAr(n) = aCell.Offset(, 1).Value
                    n = n + 1
                    Exit Do
                End If
        End If
    End With

    '~~> This will give you the results
    For n = LBound(MyAr) To UBound(MyAr)
        Debug.Print MyAr(n)
    Next n
End Sub



In VBA, there's no simple concept of "adding an item to an array". You always have to declare beforehand how big you want the array to be, then you can work with the items in the array. While it's possible to write code that increases the size of an array by one element, this usually isn't the correct approach.

In this scenario, building the array will be a two-step process: first you need to count how many items you will be putting in your array, then you need to populate the array. In my example, x is the number you're searching for in column A.

Function MakeArray(x As Integer) As Variant
    Dim result() As Variant
    Dim result_count As Long
    Dim i As Long
    Dim cursor As Range

    result_count = WorksheetFunction.CountIf(Range("A:A"), x)

    ' size the array to how many elements we need, minus one
    ' because the array indexes start at zero
    ReDim result(result_count - 1)

    ' scan through the data and populate our array
    Set cursor = Range("A2:B2")
    i = 0
    Do Until IsEmpty(cursor(1))
        If cursor(1) = x Then
             result(i) = cursor(2)
             i = i + 1
             If i > UBound(result) Then Exit Do
        End If
        Set cursor = cursor.Offset(1)

    MakeArray = result
End Function

Might well not count as an answer, but without VBA, in C2 and copied down to suit:


then copy ColumnC and Paste Special Values over the top, filter to select does not contain ) and delete visible should show:

ColumnA start of range ColumnB end of range ColumnC array

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