Working with the ListColumn Poperties of the List Object in Excel 2010

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Working with Tables in Microsoft Office 2010: Learn how to work with the ListColumn object to add totals and formatting to a table in Microsoft Excel 2010.

Last modified: May 20, 2011

Applies to: Excel 2010 | Office 2010 | PowerPoint 2010 | Word 2010

In this article
Add the Code to the Visual Basic Editor
Test the Solution
Next Steps

Published:   June 2011

Provided by:    Frank Rice, Microsoft Corporation

The ListObject object displays data in a series of rows and columns. Its ListColumn object represents a column in a ListObject object. In this topic, you programmatically work with various members of the ListColumn object to display totals and data formatting in a table in Microsoft Excel 2010. To complete this task, you must do the following:

In this task, you add programming code to the Visual Basic Editor.

To add code to the Visual Basic Editor

  1. Start Excel 2010.

  2. On the Developer tab, click Visual Basic to open the Visual Basic Editor.

    Note Note

    If you do not see the Developer tab in Excel 2010, click the File tab, and then click Options. In the categories pane, click Custom Ribbon, select Developer, and then click OK.

  3. In the Projects pane, click Sheet1.

  4. Paste or type the following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code into the module window.

    Sub ListColumnDemo()
        ' Step over this procedure. It's not terribly interesting.
        ' Set up the list object.
        Dim lo As ListObject
        Set lo = ListObjects.Add( _
         SourceType:=xlSrcRange, _
         Source:=Range("A1:F13"), _
        lo.Name = "SampleData"
        lo.ShowTotals = True
        ' Retrieve a reference to the second column in the ListObject:
        Dim lc As ListColumn
        Set lc = lo.ListColumns(2)
        ' Retrieve a reference to the ListColumn's data, excluding
        ' headers and footers.
        Dim rng As Range
        Set rng = lc.DataBodyRange
        ' Do some things with the data body range:
        rng.Borders.Color = vbRed
        ' Retrieve the total for the column and
        ' display it in the totals row.
        ' Obviously, there are other ways to do this:
        Dim totalValue As Long
        totalValue = WorksheetFunction.Sum(rng)
        ' You should verify that the Total property isn't
        ' Nothing--it will be, if the list object isn't
        ' displaying its totals row. In this case, the totals
        ' row is definitely visible, so this check is extraneous.
        If Not lc.Total Is Nothing Then
            lc.Total.Value = totalValue
        End If
    End Sub
    Sub FillRandomData()
        ' No need to stop through this procedure.
        Range("A1", "F1").Value = Array("Month", "North", "South", "East", "West", "Total")
        ' Fill in twelve rows with random data.
        Dim i As Integer
        Dim j As Integer
        For i = 1 To 12
            Cells(i + 1, 1).Value = MonthName(i, True)
            For j = 2 To 5
                Cells(i + 1, j) = Round(Rnd * 100)
            Next j
        Next i
        Range("F2", "F13").Formula = "=SUM(B2:E2)"
    End Sub

In this task, you add a table to a worksheet and then step through the VBA code to see the effects on the table.

To step through the code

  1. Drag the Visual Basic Editor window to the right side of your monitor.

  2. Drag the Excel window to the left side of your monitor and adjust the windows until you can see them both.

  3. Now, place the cursor in ListColumnDemo procedure, press F8 to get started debugging, and then press Shift+F8 to step through the code line-by-line (and bypass external procedures) and watch the code behavior.