VBA : Excel : Some Useful Methods

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  1. Opening a new sheet:
    Public Sub OpenNewSheet(Optional sheetName As String = vbNullString)
        Dim ws As Worksheet
        Set ws = Sheets.Add
        If (sheetName <> vbNullString) Then
            ws.Name = sheetName
        End If
        Cells(1, 1).Select
    End Sub
  2. Knowing if a string is alphanumeric:
    Function isAlphanumeric(str As String) As Boolean
        Dim i As Integer
        isAlphanumeric = True
        For i = 1 To Len(Trim(str))
            Select Case Mid$(Trim(str), i, 1)
                Case "A" To "Z", "a" To "z", "0" To "9"
                Case Else
                    isAlphanumeric = False
                    Exit For
            End Select
        Next i
    End Function
  3. Display references + Remove missing references + Add references by GUID:
    Private Const REFERENCE_ALREADY_IN_USE = 32813
    Private Const REFERENCE_ADDED_SUCCESSFULLY = vbNullString
    Private Const Reference_Word As String = "{00020905-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    Private Const Reference_MSComCtl2 As String = "{86CF1D34-0C5F-11D2-A9FC-0000F8754DA1}"
    Private Const Reference_MSForms As String = "{0D452EE1-E08F-101A-852E-02608C4D0BB4}"
    Private Const Reference_Office As String = "{2DF8D04C-5BFA-101B-BDE5-00AA0044DE52}"
    Private Const Reference_stdole As String = "{00020430-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    Private Const Reference_Excel As String = "{00020813-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    Private Const Reference_VBA As String = "{000204EF-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    Private theRef As Variant
    ' AddReferences Macro
    Sub AddReferences()
        addReferenceByGUID (Reference_Word)
        addReferenceByGUID (Reference_MSComCtl2)
        addReferenceByGUID (Reference_MSForms)
        addReferenceByGUID (Reference_Office)
        addReferenceByGUID (Reference_stdole)
        addReferenceByGUID (Reference_Excel)
        addReferenceByGUID (Reference_VBA)
    End Sub
    Private Function addReferenceByGUID(strGUID As String)
        On Error Resume Next
        'Clear any errors so that error trapping for GUID additions can be evaluated
        'Add the reference
        ThisWorkbook.VBProject.References.AddFromGuid _
        GUID:=strGUID, Major:=1, Minor:=0
        Select Case Err.Number
             Debug.Print strGUID & " Reference Already in use"
              Debug.Print strGUID & " Reference Added"
        Case Else
            MsgBox "A problem was encountered trying to" & vbNewLine _
            & "add or remove a reference (" & strGUID & ") in this file" & vbNewLine & "Please check the " _
            & "references in your VBA project!", vbCritical + vbOKOnly, "Error!"
        End Select
        On Error GoTo 0
    End Function
    Private Sub removeMissingReferences()
        Dim i As Long
        For i = ThisWorkbook.VBProject.References.count To 1 Step -1
            Set theRef = ThisWorkbook.VBProject.References.item(i)
            If theRef.isbroken = True Then
                ThisWorkbook.VBProject.References.Remove theRef
            End If
        Next i
    End Sub
    Public Sub displayReferencesInUse()
        Dim theRef As Variant, i As Long
        For i = ThisWorkbook.VBProject.References.count To 1 Step -1
            Set theRef = ThisWorkbook.VBProject.References.item(i)
            Debug.Print "Reference:" & theRef.Name & " " & theRef.GUID
        Next i
    End Sub
  4. Fill ComboBox (or ListBox) with sheet names + Add string item into ComboBox (or ListBox):
    Public Sub fillComboBoxWithSheetNames(cmbBox As Variant, defaultItem As String)
        Dim i
        For i = 1 To Sheets.count
            addItemIntoComboBox cmbBox, Sheets(i).Name, defaultItem
        Next i
    End Sub
    Public Sub addItemIntoComboBox(cmbBox As Variant, item As String, Optional defaultItem As String)
        cmbBox.AddItem item
        If defaultItem <> vbNullString Then
            If InStr(item, defaultItem) <> 0 Then
                cmbBox.Value = item
            End If
        End If
    End Sub
  5. Add Columns:
    Public Sub addColumns(sheetName As String, columnNames As String)
        Dim ColArray() As String
        Dim oWS As Worksheet
        Dim lastColumn As Long
        Dim j As Long
        On Error GoTo Disp_Error
        Set oWS = Sheets(sheetName)
        ColArray = Split(columnNames, ",")
        For j = LBound(ColArray) To UBound(ColArray)
            lastColumn = getLastColumn(oWS) + 1
            Cells(1, lastColumn) = Trim(ColArray(j))
        If Err <> 0 Then
            MsgBox Err.Number & " - " & Err.Description, vbExclamation, "Error Adding Column"
            Resume Next
        End If
    End Sub
  6. Get last column + Get last row:
    Public Function getLastColumn(oWS As Worksheet) As Long
        getLastColumn = oWS.Cells(1, Columns.count).End(xlToLeft).Column
    End Function
    Public Function getLastRow(oWS As Worksheet) As Long
        getLastRow = oWS.Cells(Rows.count, 1).End(xlUp).Row
    End Function
  7. Find out is column exist:
    Public Function doColumnExist(sheetName As String, searchColumnName As String)
        Dim oWS As Worksheet
        Set oWS = Worksheets(sheetName)
        Dim columnNamesRange As range
        Set columnNamesRange = oWS.range(oWS.Cells(1, 1), oWS.Cells(1, getLastColumn(oWS)))
        Dim i
        For i = 1 To getLastColumn(oWS)
            If searchColumnName = columnNamesRange.Columns(i).Text Then
                doColumnExist = True
                Exit Function
            End If
        Next i
        doColumnExist = False
    End Function