VBA Type Mismatch Error (Error 13)

Last Updated: June 22, 2023

- Written by Puneet

Type Mismatch (Error 13) occurs when you try to specify a value to a variable that doesn’t match with its data type. In VBA, when you declare a variable you need to define its data type, and when you specify a value that is different from that data type you get the type mismatch error 13.


In this tutorial, we will see what the possible situations are where runtime error 13 can occurs while executing a code.

Type Mismatch Error with Date

In VBA, there is a specific data type to deal with dates and sometimes it happens when you using a variable to store a date and somehow the value you specify is different.

In the following code, I have declared a variable as the date and then I have specified the value from cell A1 where I am supposed to have a date only. But as you can see the date that I have in cell one is not in the correct format VBA is not able to identify it as a date.

Sub myMacro()
Dim iVal As Date
iVal = Range("A1").Value
End Sub

Type Mismatch Error with Number

You’re gonna have you can have the same error while dealing with numbers where you get a different value when you trying to specify a number to a variable.

In the following example, you have an error in cell A1 which is supposed to be a numeric value. So when you run the code, VBA shows you the runtime 13 error because it cannot identify the value as a number.

Sub myMacro()
Dim iNum As Long
iNum = Range("A6").Value
End Sub

Runtime Error 6 Overflow

In VBA, there are multiple data types to deal with numbers and each of these data types has a range of numbers that you can assign to it. But there is a problem when you specify a number that is out of the range of the data type.

In that case, we will show you runtime error 6 overflow which indicates you need to change the data type and the number you have specified is out of the range.

Other Situations When it Can Occurs

There might be some other situations in which you could face the runtime error 14: Type Mismatch.

  1. When you assign a range to an array but that range only consists of a single cell.
  2. When you define a variable as an object but by writing the code you specify a different object to that variable.
  3. When you specify a variable as a worksheet but use sheets collection in the code or vice versa.

How to Fix Type Mismatch (Error 13)

The best way to deal with this error is to use to go to the statement to run a specific line of code or show a message box to the user when the error occurs. But you can also check the court step by step before executing it. For this, you need to use VBA’s debug tool, or you can also use the shortcut key F8.