Searching a Workbook by Default, Take Two

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated December 31, 2019)
This tip applies to Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


A few issues ago a tip appeared about how to display the Find and Replace box and set the Within drop-down list to Sheet. At the time, I reported that I had not come across a way to actually accomplish this, as VBA didn't provide a way to display the same Find and Replace dialog box that appears when you press Ctrl+F.

This past week I found out the way to do this, thanks to the contribution of a generous ExcelTips subscriber. The following macro shows how to accomplish the task:

Sub DoBox()
    ActiveSheet.Cells.Find What:="", LookAt:=xlWhole
    Application.CommandBars("Worksheet Menu Bar").FindControl( _
      ID:=1849, recursive:=True).Execute
End Sub

The Find method allows you to set the different parameters in the Find and Replace dialog box, and then the CommandBars object is accessed to actually display the dialog box.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2486) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Author Bio

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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