How to Select a Range/Cell using VBA in Excel

Key Notes

  • You can use the Range property as well as Cells property to use the Select property to select a range.

Select a Single Cell

To select a single cell, you need to define the cell address using the range, and then you need to use the select property. Let’s say if you want to select the cell A1, the code would be:

Range("A1").Select

And if you want to use the CELLS, in that case, the code would be:

Cells(1,1).Select

Select a Range of Cells

To select an entire range, you need to define the address of the range and then use the select property. For example, if you want to select the range A1 to A10, the code would be:

Range("A1:A10").Select

Select Non-Continues Range

To select a non-continuous range, you need to use a comma within the cell or range addresses, and then use the select the property. Let’s say if you want to select the range A1 to A10 and C5 to C10, the code would be:

Range("A1:A10, C5:C10").Select

And if you want to select single cells that are non-continuous, the code would be:

Range("A1, A5, A9").Select

Select a Column

To select a column, let’s say column A, you need to write code like the following:

Range("A:A").Select

And if you want to select multiple columns, in that case, code would be like the following:

Range("A:C").Select
Range("A:A, C:C").Select

Select a Row

In the same way, if you want to select a row, let’s say row five, the code would be like following.

Range("5:5").Select

And for multiple rows, the code would be:

Range("1:5").Select
Range("1:1, 3:3").Select

Select All the Cells of a Worksheet

Let’s say you want to select all the cells in the worksheet, just like you use the keyboard shortcut Control +A. You need to use the following code.

ActiveSheet.Cells.Select
Cells.Select

“Cells” refer to all the cells in the worksheet, and the select property selects them.

Select Cells with Data Only

Here “Cells with Data” only mean a section in the worksheet where cells have data and you can use the following code.

ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Select

Select a Named Range

If you have a named range, you can select it by using its name.

Range("my_range").Select

In the above code, you have the “my_range” named range and then the select property, and when you run this macro, it selects the specified range.

Select an Excel Table

If you work with Excel tables, you can also select them suing the select property. Let’s say you have a table with the name “Data”, then the code to select that table would be:

If you want to select a column instead of the entire table, then the code would be, like the following:

Range("Data[Amount]").Select

And if you want to select the entire column including the header, then the code you can use:

Range("Data[[#All],[Amount]]").Select

Using OFFSET to Select a Range

You can also use the OFFSET property to select a cell or a range by navigating from a cell or a range. Let’s suppose you want to select a cell that is four columns right and five rows down from the A1; you can use the following code.

Range("A1").Offset(5, 4).Select