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IsMissing Function

Last modified: December 06, 2011

Applies to: Office 2013 | VBA

Returns a Boolean value indicating whether an optional Variant argument has been passed to a procedure.

Syntax

IsMissing( argname )

The required argname argument contains the name of an optional Variant procedure argument.

Remarks

Use the IsMissing function to detect whether or not optional Variant arguments have been provided in calling a procedure. IsMissing returns True if no value has been passed for the specified argument; otherwise, it returns False. If IsMissing returns True for an argument, use of the missing argument in other code may cause a user-defined error. If IsMissing is used on a ParamArray argument, it always returns False. To detect an empty ParamArray, test to see if the array's upper bound is less than its lower bound.

Note Note

IsMissing does not work on simple data types (such as Integer or Double) because, unlike Variants, they don't have a provision for a "missing" flag bit. Because of this, the syntax for typed optional arguments allows you to specify a default value. If the argument is omitted when the procedure is called, then the argument will have this default value, as in the example below:

Sub MySub(Optional MyVar As String = "specialvalue")
    If MyVar = "specialvalue" Then
        ' MyVar was omitted.
    Else
    ...
End Sub


In many cases you can omit the If MyVar test entirely by making the default value equal to the value you want MyVar to contain if the user omits it from the function call. This makes your code more concise and efficient.

This example uses the IsMissing function to check if an optional argument has been passed to a user-defined procedure. Note that Optional arguments can now have default values and types other than Variant.

Dim ReturnValue
' The following statements call the user-defined function procedure.
ReturnValue = ReturnTwice()    ' Returns Null.
ReturnValue = ReturnTwice(2)    ' Returns 4.

' Function procedure definition.
Function ReturnTwice(Optional A)
    If IsMissing(A) Then
        ' If argument is missing, return a Null.
        ReturnTwice = Null
    Else
        ' If argument is present, return twice the value.
        ReturnTwice = A * 2
    End If
End Function

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