Troubleshoot Copy Paste Data using Excel VBA

We can troubleshoot the process of automatically copying data from one Excel worksheet to another using VBA step by step. The training video below is based on the following query from one of our YouTube visitors:
From: Salvador
Message: Hi there.
I was watching your video in youtube about \”How to copy and paste data from one Excel worksheet to another using VBA\” (link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBgafKYioAY). I tried to do the same and copied the same coding you did but it didn’t work in my excel. Could you please help me out? I have Excel 2011 for Mac.
Here’s the code i typed:

Sub firstfile()
x = 2
Do While Cells(x, 10) <> “”
If Cells(x, 10) = “Car” Then
Worksheets(“All”).Rows(x).Copy
Worksheets(“CarOnly”).Activate
erow = CarOnly.Cells(Rows.Count, 1).End(xUp).Offset(1, 0).Row
ActiveSheet.Paste Destination = Worksheets(“CarOnly”).Rows(erow)
End If
Worksheets(“All”).Activate
‘seguir el loop
x = x + 1
Loop
End Sub
I do not get any error when checking the code on Macros but it doesn’t do what it is supposed to so I guess there is some mistake on the loop.

Looking forward for your answer and thanks in advance!

We copy and paste Salvador’s code in our Visual Basic for Applications editor window and run it. Since we had only one worksheet Sheet1 in our Excel workbook we get ‘subscript out of range’ error and therefore need to create the two worksheets ‘All’ and ‘CarOnly’ to correct the situation.
After creating the necessary worksheets we run the VBA code again to find that we have not defined our ‘erow’ using a Dim statement. We therefore define our erow as:
Dim erow as Long
The data-type Long can hold signed 64-bit (8-byte) integers ranging in value from -9,223,372,036,854,775,808 through 9,223,372,036,854,775,807.
The data type inter can hold signed 32-bit (4-byte) integers that range in value from -2,147,483,648 through 2,147,483,647.
But we again get the same error – ‘object required’. Next we ensure that we access ‘CarOnly’ using the worksheets keyword. Now th error is out of the way but still the macro does no copying and pasting of data.
When we check Salvador’s code closely we find the he has forgotten to add a ‘:’ after destination and a ‘l’ in the line of code:
erow = CarOnly.Cells(Rows.Count, 1).End(xUp).Offset(1, 0).Row
erow = Worksheets(“CarOnly”).Cells(Rows.Count, 1).End(xlUp).Offset(1, 0).Row

We correct both the syntax errors but still nothing happens. We note that Salvador wants to copy complete rows by accessing data in column 10 or J and but he is accessing erow using column 1 or A. So we change our erow definition i. e. how to find the next blank row in sheet ‘CarOnly’ by using the following code:
Salvador’s code: erow = CarOnly.erow = CarOnly.Cells(Rows.Count, 1).End(xlUp).Offset(1, 0).Row to
Corrected code: erow = Worksheets(“CarOnly”).Cells(Rows.Count, 10).End(xlUp).Offset(1, 0).Row

Now if we run the VBA code the copying and pasting of data from Sheet ‘All’ to Sheet CarOnly happens automatically but the data is copied into column 10 or J of CarOnly. If we now change the code back to: erow = Worksheets(“CarOnly”).Cells(Rows.Count, 1).End(xlUp).Offset(1, 0).Row and run it we notice that only one instance of ‘car’ appears to be copied into Sheet CarOnly but if you try this code you’ll notice that the copying and pasting is indeed done 4 times but because we are copying the complete row from All worksheet to the CarOnly worksheet the data gets over-written:
Sub firstfile()
x = 2
Do While Cells(x, 10) <> “”
If Cells(x, 10) = “car” Then
Worksheets(“All”).Rows(x).Copy
Worksheets(“CarOnly”).Activate
erow = Worksheets(“CarOnly”).Cells(Rows.Count, 10).End(xlUp).Offset(1, 0).Row
ActiveSheet.Paste Destination:=Worksheets(“CarOnly”).Rows(erow)
MsgBox “Pasted”
End If
Worksheets(“All”).Activate
x = x + 1
Loop
End Sub

So, finally we adjust our strategy to solve Salvador’s problem by copying a cell containing the keyword ‘car’ from the All worksheet to the CarOnly worksheet using the following code:
Sub firstfile()
x = 2
Dim erow As Long

Do While Cells(x, 10) <> “”
If Cells(x, 10) = “car” Then
Worksheets(“All”).Cells(x, 10).Copy
Worksheets(“CarOnly”).Activate
erow = Worksheets(“CarOnly”).Cells(Rows.Count, 1).End(xlUp).Offset(1, 0).Row
ActiveSheet.Paste Destination:=Worksheets(“CarOnly”).Cells(erow, 1)
End If
Worksheets(“All”).Activate
‘seguir el loop
x = x + 1
Loop
End Sub

We have now achieved our goal of copying and pasting data automatically with VBA from the specific cells in the worksheet All to our worksheet CarOnly in column 1 or A.

Watch the video below to see the complete process of troubleshooting and adjusting the VBA code to solve the copy paste automation problem:


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7 thoughts on “Troubleshoot Copy Paste Data using Excel VBA

  1. Mike

    How can you develop a macro that can copy data anywhere in the excel worksheet to specific cells (C5 to C11) and then copy the contents of cell C17 to a new cell every time the macro is run? Could you also have the macro automatically copying data to those same specific cells (e.g. O2 to O8 then automatically P2 to P8).

    Help would be very much appreciated!

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