Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Reversing Cell Contents.

Reversing Cell Contents

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 28, 2017)

Did you ever want to reverse the contents of what is contained in a cell? Using the Reverse macro, you can easily change "My text" to "txet yM." The macro is instructive in techniques to access and modify the contents of a cell.

Sub Reverse()
    If Not ActiveCell.HasFormula Then
        sRaw = ActiveCell.Text
        sNew = ""
        For J = 1 To Len(sRaw)
            sNew = Mid(sRaw, J, 1) + sNew
        Next J
        ActiveCell.Value = sNew
    End If
End Sub

This macro only affects a single selected cell, and it will not make any changes to a cell that already contains a formula.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2322) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Reversing Cell Contents.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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