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What is VBA REPLACE Function

The VBA REPLACE function is listed under the text category of VBA functions. When you use it in a VBA code, it replaces a substring from string with a new sub-string. In simple words, you can use REPLACE to replace a part of text with another text and it returns that new text in the result.

how to use it

To use VBA's REPLACE function you need to understand its syntax and arguments:


Replace(Expression, Find, Replace, [Start], [Count], [Compare])


  • Expression: The original string in which you want to search.
  • Find: The sub-string which you want to find.
  • Replace: The sub-string with which want to replace the find sub-string.
  • [Start]: An integer to specify the position from where you want to start the search [This is an optional argument and if omitted VBA takes 1 by default].
  • [Count]: The number of occurrences of the Find sub-string that you want to replace [This is an optional argument and if omitted VBA takes -1 which means to replace all occurrences to replace by default].
  • [Compare]: A string value to define the comparison to make while filtering array. [This is an optional argument and if omitted VBA takes vbBinaryCompare by default].
    • vbBinaryCompare: For binary comparison.
    • vbTextCompare: For text comparison.
    • vbDatabaseCompare: For Database Comparison.

Example to use REPLACE Function in VBA

To practically understand how to use VBA REPLACE function, you need to go through the below example where we have written a vba code by using it:

Sub example_REPLACE()
Range("B1").Value = Replace(Range("A1"), "Excel", "XL")
End Sub

In the above code, we have used the REPLACE to replace the string “Excel” with “XL” and return the result in the cell B1.


Below are some important points which you need to take care while using REPLACE function in VBA.

  • REPLACE is not case sensitive function.

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