Excel VBA Macros | Looping over collections exercise | Hangman and word search

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Software ==> Excel VBA Macros  (52 exercises)
Version ==> Any version of Excel
Topic ==> Looping over collections  (11 exercises)
Level ==> Harder than average
Subject ==> VBA training
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Write a macro which takes you through a game of hangman:

Excel VBA Macros exercise - Looping over collections (image 1)

Usual hangman rules - the picture will be uncovered (and you will be hung) if you don't guess the letters quickly enough

Here are some thoughts on how this could work:

  • The hidden word has white font - so when you uncover a letter, just change the font colour of the relevant cell to black.
  • You will need to begin by writing an initialisation routine to make the gallows invisible (it's made up of a collection of Shapes on the ActiveSheet, each of which has a Visible property).
  • When a user guesses an incorrect letter you should loop over the shapes in the gallows; as soon as you find one which is not visible, you should make it visible and exit the loop.  Because of the order in which the gallows was drawn, this will recreate the shapes in the right order.

When you have finished (!), save your file as Hangman with answers. 

You can now have a go at the word search puzzle!  For this you need to create a macro which determines whether each of the countries in the list at the bottom of the worksheet exists in the word search grid, and reports on the ones which aren't:

Excel VBA Macros exercise - Looping over collections (image 2)

The starting grid

In the unlikely event that you finish this too, save this as Word search with answers.

You can unzip this file to see the answers to this exercise, although please remember this is for your personal use only.
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30 Oct 19 at 17:00

I added some stuff to the Hangman, in case anyone is interested.


29 Oct 19 at 20:03

I finished both excercises. A lot of head banging on the wall but I learnt a lot. Thank you! 

29 Aug 19 at 11:54

I finally completed both the hangman and the word search.  A great deal of effort but I learnt a lot in the process.

29 Aug 19 at 12:33

Excellent, congratulations!  I hope it gave you a sense of satisfaction as well as improving your VBA skills!