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: Swapping Two Strings.

Swapping Two Strings

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 31, 2015)


If you do any serious macro programming, there will eventually come a time when you want to swap the values in two strings. In some versions of BASIC, there are commands that handle this. VBA leaves us to our own devices, however. The following technique should do the trick for most people:

TempString = MyString1
MyString1 = MyString2
MyString2 = TempString

When completed, the values in MyString1 and MyString2 have been swapped, and TempString doesn't matter, since it was intended (by this technique) as a temporary variable anyway.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2349) 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: Swapping Two Strings.

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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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What is 1 + 5?

2015-10-31 13:32:31

Rick Rothstein

You can also do the swap without using a temporary variable...

MyString2 = MyString2 & MyString1
MyString1 = Left(MyString2, Len(MyString2)-Len(MyString1))
MyString2 = Mid(MyString2, Len(MyString1) + 1)

Using the temporary variable should be the faster of the two methods, so if you are doing this in a large loop, use that method; however, for one or a small number of swaps, the time difference should be negligible.

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