Highlight Characters in String with VBA

How to highlight characters in a string or word using VBA. We use a nested ‘for next’ loop. The first outer loop identifies all the cells in an Excel worksheet that have data. Then we start with the first identified cell. The next inner loop finds the length of the string or word in the worksheet cell. It then loops through the complete string or word one by one. Using a condition we then check to see whether a specific character like ‘{‘ has been detected. This character is then highlighted using a red color. In this manner we loop through each cell in our range and highlight the relevant characters. watch the video below:


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Here’s the complete VBA code to highlight the characters in a word in an Excel worksheet cell:

Sub highlightCellCharacters()


Dim rng As Range
Set rng = Range(“C1:C6”)
For Each Cell In rng
Dim Counter As Integer

For Counter = 1 To Len(Cell)
If Cell.Characters(Counter, 1).Text = “{” Then
Cell.Characters(Counter, 1).Font.ColorIndex = 3
End If

ActiveCell.Offset(1, 0).Select

Next Cell

End Sub


Highlight Characters in String or Word with VBA
Highlight Characters in String or Word with VBA

Further reading:

Range.Characters Property in Excel

Excel VBA loop characters in cell


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One thought on “Highlight Characters in String with VBA”

  1. Hello, say If you want multiple characters to find (example 20 of them) is there a way to put it i one condition or need to write all like this
    Cell.Characters(Counter, 1).Text = “a”  or Cell.Characters(Counter, 1).Text = “p”  or Cell.Characters(Counter, 1).Text = “.”  and so on…

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