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Split data into multiple worksheet based on column variables - edited from online sources
Sub parse_data()
Dim lr As Long
Dim ws As Worksheet
Dim vcol, i As Integer
Dim icol As Long
Dim myarr As Variant
Dim title As String
Dim titlerow As Integer
'This macro splits data into multiple worksheets based on the variables on a column found in Excel.
'An InputBox asks you which columns you'd like to filter by, and it just creates these worksheets.
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
vcol = Application.InputBox(prompt:="Which column would you like to filter by?", title:="Filter column", Default:="3", Type:=1)
Set ws = ActiveSheet
lr = ws.Cells(ws.Rows.Count, vcol).End(xlUp).Row
title = "A1"
titlerow = ws.Range(title).Cells(1).Row
icol = ws.Columns.Count
ws.Cells(1, icol) = "Unique"
For i = 2 To lr
On Error Resume Next
If ws.Cells(i, vcol) <> "" And Application.WorksheetFunction.Match(ws.Cells(i, vcol), ws.Columns(icol), 0) = 0 Then
ws.Cells(ws.Rows.Count, icol).End(xlUp).Offset(1) = ws.Cells(i, vcol)
End If
myarr = Application.WorksheetFunction.Transpose(ws.Columns(icol).SpecialCells(xlCellTypeConstants))
For i = 2 To UBound(myarr)
ws.Range(title).AutoFilter field:=vcol, Criteria1:=myarr(i) & ""
If Not Evaluate("=ISREF('" & myarr(i) & "'!A1)") Then
Sheets.Add(after:=Worksheets(Worksheets.Count)).Name = myarr(i) & ""
Sheets(myarr(i) & "").Move after:=Worksheets(Worksheets.Count)
End If
ws.Range("A" & titlerow & ":A" & lr).EntireRow.Copy Sheets(myarr(i) & "").Range("A1")
'Sheets(myarr(i) & "").Columns.AutoFit
ws.AutoFilterMode = False
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub
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martinctc commented Jan 6, 2021

@Gandalf-3 That sounds like a good idea. We can add a conditional in the current line 32 (Sheets.Add) that truncates the string if it gets beyond 31 characters, or something similar. Have you written a snippet? I could update the changes here and mention you as a contributor here if you're happy with that.

Since this is a gist and is not designed for collaboration, I could add it to and we can collaborate properly on there as well.

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LGEponine commented Apr 19, 2021

Hi, not a programmer but I found this script via this tutorial: and after testing, it is going to work AMAZINGLY for manipulating/automating our massive circulation list for our school library (which "dumps" from the database as a single-worksheet csv, mass-of-data nightmare), EXCEPT that it's returning blank worksheets for any strings that contain special characters.

(Above screenshot is of a small sample dataset with private info removed- the main screen shows the worksheet I started with, with the tabs at the bottom & in the worksheet list having been created by the script. Note that blank sheets start at 41 only because of previous tests on same file.)

Is there a way to change this VBA code so that it works with special characters? Or will we have to find & replace each special character before running the macro each time? (The initial data export will always have special characters, unfortunately.)

Any advice would be truly GREATLY appreciated and thank you also for the starting script!

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