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Changing Column Widths Using Formulas Or Vba

I'd like to be able to change the width of columns depending on what is in a relevant cell, I guess this isn't possible using formulas but maybe using some code in the VBA editor?

For example if C2 =1 I'd like column D to shrink to 0 width but if C2=0 I'd like it the width to be 30, is that possible?


Chris Faulkner

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write headlines for specific areas that can only be as long as the column is
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hope this makes sense.


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Sub AddImage()
Dim strPath As String
Dim strFile As String
Dim Picture As Object
Dim Response As String
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 If C 0 Then
 With C.Offset(0, 1)
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 End If
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Can someone please help? I've got quite a lot of data that I want to sort
by the persons date of birth, but because I have cells with formula in it
(this works out the persons age) the sort function is changing the formulas
so the formulas no longer work becuase it changes the cell where it is
getting the data from. Does anyone have any ideas how this could be fixed??


I have a spreadsheet with simple (addition/subtraction) formulas. The file is quite large and the formulas are too. All of a sudden, the formulas stopped working except when I double click in the cell containing the actual formula. For example, if I enter "2" in each cell, A2 and B2, cell B3 should reflect "4" because there is a formula in cell B3 which totals cells A2 and B2. Only by double clicking on cell B3 will the program actually calculate. I'm totally perplexed and so is my IT contact. Anyone?

Hi Everybody,

First post on the forum, have only recently joined and im hoping that someone can help me before my head explodes!

I am trying to prepare a simple Material Quantity List for some Steel materials.
The materials are all in specific sizes.

What i want to do is, as i input the length, width and height of the structure in the spreadsheet, the Material Quantity List will generate the quantity of each piece of material i will need.

Does anybody know of a formula for this. I have been trying to use the IF function and getting absolutely nowhere, all suggestions will be highly appreciated!!

Hi everyone,

I'm going nuts trying to figure out how to autofill text from one cell
to another. For example, everytime I type text into cell A20, I want
the exact same thing to cell BL20. The same for B20, BL20, etc.

How do I go about that? I already know how to copy formulas from one
cell to another by dragging the skinny black line of the cell. I guess
I just need the formula for a simple IDENTICAL copying of text.

Thanks in advance,


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And then click the copy on B1, and then click paste special on cell B2, the only options it gives me are text and unicode text and so no matter how I paste, cell b2 will always be populated with a value of 5. I cannot imagine a simpler copy and paste and no matter what I do I can't make this work.
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Hello everybody,

We all know we can change the source of a link of the workbook by clicking Edit>Links>Source>change source but that will change the source of all workbook formulas which are linked to a certain file, what about if i need to change the source of a single sheet? is this possible?

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I have sheet with rows and each row has formulas based on cells in that row.
I would like to have a new row automatically inserted with the formulas
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rows and after they are filled up, a new row is added automatically? How do I
do this?

How do I get the colors to change automatically when I use a drop down list.
Per say here is what I am trying to do

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that cell to change its color to "green." And if later I change the "word" to
another from the drop down list, it will change it's color to a specified

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Excel. The first column of each table is the strength of the tablet,
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I have a spreadsheet with thousands of columns. Due to poor planning on my part I need to insert a column between each existing column (e.g. I need to insert a column between the existing columns A and B, B and C, etc...). I would rather not have to do this manually thousands of times. Is there an easy way to do this?

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Hi guys,

would really appreciate anyones help with this.

I have a column full of text-formatted fractions...


etc, etc.....the column is very long!!

I need to convert these to actual fractions...ones I can add to equations, allowing me to multiply and add.

If I highlight the column and goto "format Cells" and change to fraction, the values still stay in the left of the cell.....its only when I manually click on each individual cell, then tick the little green tick, does the cell validate, and the value in the cell moves to the right (and is therefore a proper value).....problem is I have to keep doing this for each individual cell.....and I have 70000+ cells in this column!

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I am looking for assistance in having one cell in a text format equals another cell that contains a time value in hh:mm format.

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Hey there,

I have been tasked with introducing userforms into an excel sheet and tbh I'm quite amazed that excel has this capability of adding userforms to excel sheets.

Anyway, I have 2 columns of data in an excel sheet and I wish to add this to a userform so that the userform displays the 2 columns beside each other with headings, like a table. The user should then be able to select a particular row and insert it into the specified cell.

I would also like the user to select a row on the table and then be able to bring up another table depending on the row selected...basically so that the user can draw deeper into the information that they require.

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I'll post up further comments as I am trying to work my way through it!



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