VBA Subscript Out of Range Runtime Error (Error 9)

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Subscript Out of Range (Run time: Error 9)

Subscript Out of Range Error (Run Time: Error 9) occurs when you refer to an object or try to use a variable in a code that doesn’t exist in the code, in that case, VBA will show this error. As every code that you write is unique, so the cause of the error would be.

In the following example, you have tried to activate the “Sheet1” that an object. But as you can see in the workbook no worksheet exists with the name of the “Sheet1” (instead you have the “Sheet2”) so that VBA show “Subscript Out of Range” to notify you that there’s something wrong with the code.

Subscript Out of Range

There could be one more situation when you have to face this error “Subscript Out of Range Error” when you are trying to declare a dynamic array but forget to use the DIM and ReDim statement to redefine the length of the array.

Now in the above code, you have an array with the name of “myArray” and to make it dynamic we have initially left the array length blank. But before you add an item to you need to redefine the array length using the ReDim statement.

And that’s the mistake we have made in the above code and VBA has returned the “Script Out of Range” error.

Sub myMacro()
Dim myArray() As Variant
myArray(1) = "One"
End Sub

How Do I Fix Subscript Out of Range in Excel?

The best way to deal with this Subscript Out of Range is to write effective codes and make sure to debug the code that you have written (Step by Step).

When you run a code step by step it is easy for you to know on which line of that code you have an error as VBA will show you the error message for Error 9 and highlight that line with yellow color.

The other thing that you can do is to use an “Error Handler” to jump to a specific line of error when it happens.

In the following code, we have written a line to activate the sheet but before that, we have used the goto statement to move to the error handler. In the error handler, you have a message box that shows you a message with the Err. Description that an error has occurred.

So, when you run this code and the “Sheet1” is not in the workbook where you are trying to activate it. It will show you a message box just like below.

And if the “Sheet1” is there then there won’t be any message at all.

Sub myMacro()

Dim wks As Worksheet

On Error GoTo myError
Sheets("Sheet1").Activate

myError:
MsgBox "There's an error in the code: " & Err.Description & _
". That means there's some problem with the sheet " & _
"that you want to activate"

End Sub

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