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Using constants
Dim UserRange As Range
Dim CurrentChart As Chart
Dim MySeries As Series
To create an object variable, use the Set statement. Here are a few examples:
Set MyRange = Range(“A1:A100”)
Set CurrentChart = ActiveChart
Set MySeries = ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(1)
Using constants
A variable’s value may — and often does — change while a procedure is executing
(that’s why it’s called a variable ). Sometimes, you need to refer to a named value or
string that never changes; in other words, a constant .
You declare a constant by using the Const statement. Here are some examples:
Const NumQuarters as Integer = 4
Const Rate = .0725, Period = 12
Const CompanyName as String = “Acme Snapholytes”
The second statement declares two constants with a single statement, but it
doesn’t declare a data type. Consequently, the two constants are variants. Because a
constant never changes its value, you normally want to declare your constants as a
specific data type.
The scope of a constant depends on where it is declared within your module:
To make a constant available within a single procedure only, declare it
after the Sub or Function statement to make it a local constant.
To make a constant available to all procedures in a module, declare it
before the first procedure in the module.
To make a constant available to all modules in the workbook, use the
Public keyword and declare the constant before the first procedure in a
Using constants throughout your code in place of hard-coded values or strings is
a good programming practice. For example, if your procedure needs to refer to a
specific value (such as an interest rate) several times, it’s better to declare the value
as a constant and use the constant’s name rather than its value in your expressions.
This technique makes your code more readable and makes it easier to change should
the need arise — you have to change only one instruction rather than several.
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