How to Find a Date in Excel VBA

Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is an implementation of Microsoft’s event-driven programming language, Visual Basic 6. When it comes to Microsoft Excel, VBA is a powerful tool that can be used for complex automation and data analysis tasks. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of how to find a date in Excel using VBA.

Step 1: Open Excel and Prepare Your Spreadsheet

Represent your dataset in the Excel spreadsheet. Make sure your dates are in the correct format and each column has a heading, it is especially important for the date column that we will search in.

Step 2: Write a VBA Function for Finding Dates

To find a date in your spreadsheet, start by writing a new VBA function. This function will locate the specified date in your dataset, and return the respective cell reference.

Here’s an example of such a function:

In the above code, “Sheet1” is the name of the sheet where you want to find the date, and “A” is the column in this sheet. Replace them according to your requirements. This function will show a messagebox with the address of the cell that contains the date if found else nothing will happen.

Step 3: Run Your VBA Function

After you have written your function, it’s time to run it. To do so, press F5 while in the VBA editor or click on the Run button. Enter the date you want to find and see the results.


With this, you now know how to create a simple VBA script that can find a specific date from your Excel spreadsheet. Understanding these basic principles will help you create more complex scripts in the future if required. The use of VBA in Excel is boundless and it can be very beneficial in working with larger datasets and automating repetitive tasks.

Tomasz Decker is an Excel specialist, skilled in data analysis and financial modeling.

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