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Posted by Andy Brown on 07 November 2013
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Looping over enumerations in VBA
This blog was inspired by someone describing Andrew - a fellow blogger at Wise Owl - as "brilliant, fantastic, amazing, and all enumerations on those terms!".
Here's how to do this. First create your enumeration:
Public Enum AndrewQuality
Now loop over it from beginning to end:
'variable to represent each quality
Dim q As AndrewQuality
'variable to hold final message
Dim msg As String
'loop over qualities
msg = "Qualities of Andrew are:" & vbCrLf
For q = Brilliant To Amazing
msg = msg & vbCrLf & q
'display the final qualities list
When you run the DescribeAndrew procedure above, you'll get a message displaying his alleged qualities:
The message box lists out the numerical values of Andrew's qualities.
Unfortunately there's no way in VBA of showing the text equivalent for these numerical values, apart from writing your own SELECT CASE statement to return the right text value for each number.
For even more tricks with enumerations, go to (who else?) Chip Pearson.
Your sample code IS NOT iterating through the values of the enum. All the code does is iterate through all the numbers that exist between Brilliant ( i.e.0) and Amazing (i.e. 2).
To prove this assign values to the enums like brilliant = 1 , fantastic = 5 , Amazing = 10. Now when you run the code you should get a return of 1,5,10 BUT YOU DON'T you get a return of 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10. So it's not iterating through the 3 enum values it's just spitting out numbers. between 1 and 10.