How to specify macro for current active sheet

 Dave -
this is a very basic question, I am sorry to ask. I have created a macro in excel that I want to run in the current worksheet that is selected. How do I do this? For example, I have a sortZip Macro that I want to run on several worksheets when I hit the RUN button but it only works on the worksheet that I originally created the macro on.

I would really appreciate your advice on this!!! - Please :D

Code is:
Sub SortZip()
' SortZip Macro

    ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("GilbertApril09").Sort.SortFields.Add Key:=Range( _
        "H2:H390"), SortOn:=xlSortOnValues, Order:=xlAscending, DataOption:= _
    ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("GilbertApril09").Sort.SortFields.Add Key:=Range( _
        "L2:L390"), SortOn:=xlSortOnValues, Order:=xlAscending, DataOption:= _
    With ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("GilbertApril09").Sort
        .SetRange Range("A1:L390")
        .Header = xlYes
        .MatchCase = False
        .Orientation = xlTopToBottom
        .SortMethod = xlPinYin
    End With
End Sub
System Configuration: Windows Vista Internet Explorer 7.0

6 replies

Very Easy!

Make a "find and replace" in your module, change every

Set shtJT = ActiveWorkbook.Sheets("xxxxx")

to the following:

Set shtJT = ActiveWorkbook.ActiveSheet


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One thing I noticed is you may have to have ActiveSheet proceed each method.

As an example, here's a short macro that saves the data from each cell in row H into a word document.
The macro is saved in an empty Excel file and it works for any Excel file loaded (assuming the empty Excel file with the macro is also loaded).

Without ActiveSheet preceeding things like Range("H" & i).Copy, the macro will try to do stuff with the Empty Excel file that has the macro.

Sub saveToWord

    Dim I As Integer
    Dim finalRow as Integer
    Dim appWD As Object
    Dim myString as String
    Dim numberOne as String
    Dim numberTwo as Strng
    Dim myFilename As String

    ' Create a new instance of Word & make it visible
    Set appWD = CreateObject("Word.Application")
    appWD.Visible = True

    'Find the last row with data in the database
    finalRow = ActiveSheet.Range("A9999").End(xlUp).Row
    For I = 2 To finalRow
        myString = ActiveSheet.Range("a" & i).Value

       ' these two cells are both alphanumeric cells; first two characters are always numbers
       numberOne = Left(ActiveSheet.Range("b" & i).Value, 2) 
       numberTwo = Left(ActiveSheet.Range("c" & i).Value, 2) 

       ' Build the unique filename. 
       ' In my Excel file these three elements are sufficient to make the filename unique
       myFilename = myString & " " & numberOne & " " & numberTwo

       ' We want to put the data from cell H into a word doc
       ActiveSheet.Range("H" & i).Copy
       ' Tell Word to create a new document
       ' Tell Word to paste the contents of the clipboard into the new document
       ' Save the new document with the filename and close the word document
       appWD.ActiveDocument.SaveAs filename:= myFilename
    Next i

    ' Close the Word application
End Sub
There's no need for the .name part, just ActiveSheet works fine in Excel 2007.
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Insert a module, cut and past your macro in it.
Best regards
Thanks for your reply but this doesn't help me to run the macro on ANY future sheets. I don't want to copy the module each time, if that's what you are implying. The names of the worksheets will change frequently so I want to be able to click on any worksheet and run the Macro. Thanks again.
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You have to put the macro into the personal.xls Workbook after that this wil run on any workbooks and worksheets.
Best regards
This is an example of a macro I created using the active sheet and active cell properties. It copies the date from the previous cell.

Sub copySameDate()
Debug.Print ActiveCell.Column
Debug.Print ActiveCell.Row

Dim activeRow As Integer
Dim activeColumn As Integer
Dim previousRow As Integer
Dim nextColumn As Integer
Dim wksheet As Worksheet

Set wksheet = ActiveWorkbook.ActiveSheet

activeRow = ActiveCell.Row
activeColumn = ActiveCell.Column
previousRow = activeRow - 1
nextColumn = activeColumn + 1

wksheet.Range(ActiveCell.Address) = wksheet.Cells(previousRow, activeColumn)
wksheet.Cells(activeRow, nextColumn).Select

End Sub

This works on every sheet of my workbook. I use it for data entry.
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Thanks for sharing this with us Heather.