Activate R1C1 Reference Style Automatically

How to activate R1C1 reference style automatically with VBA. When we run looping processes using the cells property, we need to use the R1C1 reference style where the columns and rows show numerical value like 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. In the A1 reference style the columns are labelled alphabetically like A, B, C. etc. Now switching between the two reference styles manually is indeed a pain. Watch the video below:

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Here’s the complete VBA code to switch between the A1 and R1C1 reference styles quickly and easily:

Sub activateR1C1Ref()
If Application.ReferenceStyle = xlA1 Then
Application.ReferenceStyle = xlR1C1
End If
End Sub

Sub activateA1Ref()
If Application.ReferenceStyle = xlR1C1 Then
Application.ReferenceStyle = xlA1
End If

End Sub

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