VBA - Visual Basic for Applications

Whenever I have to apply more complex  text operations I tend to use regular expressions.

If you want to remove HTML tags from a String, nothing is faster and easier than using regular expressions to do so.

Source Code

' @Author - Alexander Bolte
' @ChangeDate - 2014-11-06
' @Description - Removing HTML tags from a provided HTML text.
' @Param htmlText - a String holding HTML text.
' @Remarks - Using a regular expression to remove HTML tags from a provided String.
' Regular expression is as follows.
' "<([A-Z][A-Z0-9]*)\b[^>]*>|<\/([A-Z][A-Z0-9]*)>"
Public Function replaceHTMLTags(ByVal htmlText As String) As String
    Dim regEx As New RegExp
    Const cHtmlPattern As String = "<([A-Z][A-Z0-9]*)\b[^>]*>|<\/([A-Z][A-Z0-9]*)>"
    regEx.Global = True
    regEx.IgnoreCase = True
    regEx.pattern = cHtmlPattern
    htmlText = regEx.Replace(htmlText, "")
    replaceHTMLTags = htmlText
End Function

Referenced APIs

This code references the following API, which is a VBScript API.

"Microsoft VBScript Regular Expression Reference 5.5"

In order to reference this API in Excel VBA go to Options -> References (In German "Extras" -> "Verweise") and tick the API above.


Actually you can list all worksheet names in a workbook using the object path Workbook.Worksheets(index).Name.

I needed to have the names as strings in a VBA.Collection, so I developed a little function collecting the names.

' @Author - Alexander Bolte
' @Change Date - 26.12.2013
' @Description - Creates a list of all sheet names in given workbook.
' @Param wrk - Excel workbook the sheet name collection should be created from.
' @Returns - VBA.Collection holding all sheet names from given Microsoft Excel workbook.
Public Function getSheetNamesFromWorkbook(ByRef wrk As Workbook) As VBA.Collection
Dim i As Integer
Dim sheetNames As New VBA.Collection

On Error GoTo errHandle:

For i = 1 To wrk.Worksheets.Count
sheetNames.Add wrk.Worksheets(i).Name
Next i

If Err.Number <> 0 Then
End If

Set getSheetNamesFromWorkbook = sheetNames
End Function

If you need to reference a workbook, which might already be opened but all you have ready is the file path the following function will do the trick for you.

If the Excel workbook is not opened oran opened workbook with the same name is not saved under given file path, Nothing will be returned.

' @Author - Alexander Bolte
' @Change Date - 2013-12
' @Description - Returns a workbook object referencing an Excel file
' available under given file path, if the Excel file was already opened before calling this function.
' @Param filePath - a path to an Excel file.
' @Returns - a workbook object referencing an Excel file available under given file path.
Public Function getOpenedWorkbook(ByVal filePath As String) As Workbook
Dim ret As Workbook
Dim wrkName As String
Dim sep As String
Dim splitted() As String

On Error GoTo errHandle:

' Get the separator for path strings on operating system.
sep = Application.PathSeparator
splitted = Split(filePath, sep)
wrkName = splitted(UBound(splitted))
Set ret = Application.Workbooks(wrkName)
If ret.path <> filePath Then
ret = Nothing
End If

If Err.Number <> 0 Then
End If

Set getOpenedWorkbook = ret
End Function


This category will hold articles regarding developement in Excel VBA. It will serve as a wiki and an Excel VBA Framework for myself.

Some development tasks reoccur for every customer. Since I am a lazy bum it will be nice to have a central source where I can reuse source code from.

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