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Restricting columns

Restricting columns

Restricting columns

Does anyone know a way of limiting the number of columns in excel ?

The reason is that I make up spreadsheets and use names like (for example) CTR3 for cells.

We have recently moved to excel 2010, and there are more columns available so these are now cell references and can't be used as names.

I can use CTR_3, but I prefer retaining the name CTR3 if possible.

I am never going to need enough columns to require column CTR - so can I set up excel so that (say) AA is the highest column letter.

RE: Restricting columns

I'm pretty sure you can't do that. You can restrict the displayed range, but not the columns or rows that are allocated addresses.

I'd recommend going with the _, which is better practice anyway.

Doug Jenkins
Interactive Design Services

RE: Restricting columns

You can also place the _ at the beginning of the label and have _CTR3 which is the obviously a label and not a cell.

RE: Restricting columns


this code can rename named ranges, not sure if it will work though.


Sub named_region()
    MY_SOURCE = InputBox("Enter Source Sheet Name")
        With Selection.ListNames
            For MY_ROWS = 1 To Range(("AA") & Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row
                MY_RANGE_NAME = "lbl" & Range("AA" & MY_ROWS).Value
                MY_ADDRESS = Mid(Range("AB" & MY_ROWS).Value, 2, Len(MY_SOURCE))
                MY_RANGE = Mid(Range("AB" & MY_ROWS).Value, Len(MY_SOURCE) + 3, Len(Range("AB" & MY_ROWS).Value))
                If Left(MY_ADDRESS, Len(MY_SOURCE) + 3) = MY_SOURCE Then
                    ActiveWorkbook.Names.Add Name:=MY_RANGE_NAME, RefersTo:="=" & MY_SOURCE & "!" & MY_RANGE
                    ActiveWorkbook.Names(Range("AA" & MY_ROWS).Value).Delete
                End If
            Next MY_ROWS
        End With
End Sub 

change AA & AB to available columns.

Hope this helps.

been away for quite a while
but am now back

RE: Restricting columns

I sympathize with you! I can remember moaning and complaining when we moved from 2003 to 2007.

But then the huge new vistas became apparent and the inconveniences were forgotten.

I hope you discover and leverage the ones that can make your life easier. I found that Structured Tables have tremendous potential, for instance.

Now here I'm making an assumption. If you have headings in a PRIMARY SOURCE data table of CTR1, CTR2, CTR3 etc, and using Named Ranges to do analysis, then you're doing that in the wrong place. You ought not to be using a non-normalized table for analysis! You should have a normalized table that includes a column like...

Counter CntVal
CNT3        25
CNT6       312
CNT4        16
But I could be mistaken.


glassesJust traded in my OLD subtlety...
for a NUance!tongue

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