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Setting a formula in macro basic

asked 2016-09-16 03:21:39 +0100 gravatar image

Morning, Trying to set a formula in a specific cell, but it keeps recognising it as just text...

Using the following code:

sheet.getCellByPosition(4,4).String = date()
sheet.getCellByPosition(4,5).String = InvoiceNum
sheet.getCellByPosition(3,16).String = "=IF(B17="";"";1)"

but it keeps coming up a text, and (obviously) not working. Others work fine, and looking at the Watch results, looks like it should be ok (ie Formula = "=IF(H5="";"";15)".

Anyone? Thanks.

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answered 2016-09-16 03:37:37 +0100

Ratslinger gravatar image

updated 2016-09-16 03:45:14 +0100

You need to set it as a formula:


Edit: Sorry - forgot a ) - this time for sure

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Ratslinger gravatar imageRatslinger ( 2016-09-16 03:53:27 +0100 )edit

That does 'seem' to work, but now have another issue. When I do that, it successfully puts a formula in the cell, but now the formula just won't work....? ie puts the formula in the cell, but when I populate B17, it doesn't place a "1" in the cell, just stays blank. It appears to get rid of 1 of each of the pairs of inverted commas. ie formula becomes: =IF(B17=";";1) (with no error....) gravatar ( 2016-09-16 06:32:54 +0100 )edit


The formula is a string, opened and closed by a quote. In Basic quotes contained within must be doubled



pierre-yves samyn gravatar imagepierre-yves samyn ( 2016-09-16 09:06:55 +0100 )edit

Excellent! Yes, that works, but.... it keeps reformatting the cell as Boolean.... :-( gravatar ( 2016-09-16 13:42:32 +0100 )edit

@pierre-yves samyn - Thank you for input; I should have caught that.

hornetster - Because of entering the original formula with single quotes, a Boolean Value resulted. You should be able to correct this with a right click on the cell and selecting Clear Direct Formatting.

Ratslinger gravatar imageRatslinger ( 2016-09-16 15:00:11 +0100 )edit

Thanks a heap! All working now.... gravatar ( 2016-09-17 06:53:18 +0100 )edit
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