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VBA Visual Basic for Applications (Microsoft) FAQ

VBA How To

How Can I Make My Code Run Faster? by SkipVought
Posted: 3 Sep 03 (Edited 23 Aug 21)

To make a procedure run faster, it is common practice to include a command at the BEGINNING & END of a process


Application.ScreenUpdating = False
'...Your code here
Application.ScreenUpdating = True 

There is another technique that can contribute to faster, more efficient code processing. Most WorkBook, WorkSheet, Range and other Objects Properties & Methods can be referenced without using the Select or Activate Method. The following comparison test will illustrate the point...


Sub CompareMethods()
    Dim TimeStart As Date, TimeEnd As Date, i As Byte, j As Long
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    For i = 1 To 2
        TimeStart = Now
        For j = 1 To 65000
            Select Case i
            Case 1
                Sheet1.Cells(j, 2).Value = j
                Sheet2.Cells(j, 2).Value = j
            Case 2
                With Sheet1
                    .Cells(j, 2).Select
                    Selection.Value = j
                End With
                With Sheet2
                    .Cells(j, 2).Select
                    Selection.Value = j
                End With
            End Select
        TimeEnd = Now
        Sheet1.Cells(i, 1).Value = TimeEnd - TimeStart
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub 
Case 1 runs 5 TIMES FASTER than Case 2!

Even a Copy/Paste can be done without Activating and Selecting


Sub CopyAndPaste()
    Range(Sheet1.Cells(1, 1), Sheet1.Cells(3, 3)).Copy _
        Destination:=Sheet2.Cells(2, 5)
End Sub 

The final technique is the use of the With...End With construct. The With statement allows you to perform a series of statements on a specified object without requalifying the name of the object. Running CompareMethods without With...End With, adds about 10% to the run time. Organize your code. Look for opportunities to nest With...End With within With...End With

Happy coding smile

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