TM Excel Dynamic Path Navigator

One of the features that consumers may find useful is retracing their path as they navigate through different workbooks, different sheets, and different windows. This navigation would be equivalent of a web browser’s Previous and Next feature. While Excel does not support this natively, the code in this note enables this capability.

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Tushar Mehta

Copy Unique Values

One of the more frequent activities I perform is taking a list and extracting unique values as a seperate list.

The way to do this is long and stupid.
In Excel 2003 you select your range, go to the Data menu, Filter menu, select Advanced Filter. Select “Copy to another location”, tick “Unique records only”, then put a range in the “Copy To” box.
In Excel 2007 and above, it’s one less click. Go to the Data ribbon, from the Sort & Filter group click Advanced, then the same Advanced Filter window appears as Excel 2003.

Sick of this, a few years ago I wrote a macro to extract Unique Values, which worked so-so. My macro had minor issues that I could never really be bothered fixing, but it was miles better than trekking through those menus.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago and I lost my macro, somehow, which is disappointing, but it was buggy anyway, but I still wanted an easy way to extract unique values and I didn’t want to write the macro again.
It suddenly occurred to me that the same method of hitting shortcuts keys for paste values (alt, e, s, v) could be applied to copying unique values.

Here’s what I do:
Select the range I want to extract from
Hold down the Alt key
Press these keys in sequence: d, f, a, r, o, t
Release the Alt key
Select the range to paste the unique values to

It’s even possible to create a vba macro for this:
SendKeys "%(dfarot)"

Now, to train my muscle memory to type dfarot naturally…

Copy Chart as a Picture

I needed to copy a chart to a picture, but I wanted it to be an enhanced metafile (EMF) which is kind of like a vector graphic picture format. EMF graphics scale well when the page resizes.

A user would select the chart, run the macro and a dialog would ask them where to save the picture to – pretty simple, but handy!
It uses the clipboard to do the conversion.

Declare Function OpenClipboard Lib "user32" (ByVal hwnd As Long) As Long
Declare Function CloseClipboard Lib "user32" () As Long
Declare Function GetClipboardData Lib "user32" (ByVal wFormat As Long) As Long
Declare Function EmptyClipboard Lib "user32" () As Long
Declare Function CopyEnhMetaFileA Lib "gdi32" (ByVal hENHSrc As Long, ByVal lpszFile As String) As Long
Declare Function DeleteEnhMetaFile Lib "gdi32" (ByVal hemf As Long) As Long

Const CF_ENHMETAFILE As Long = 14
Const cInitialFilename = "Picture1.emf"
Const cFileFilter = "Enhanced Windows Metafile (*.emf), *.emf"

Public Sub SaveAsEMF()
Dim var As Variant, lng As Long

var = Application.GetSaveAsFilename(cInitialFilename, cFileFilter)
If VarType(var) <> vbBoolean Then
On Error Resume Next

OpenClipboard 0
lng = GetClipboardData(CF_ENHMETAFILE)
lng = CopyEnhMetaFileA(lng, var)
DeleteEnhMetaFile lng
On Error GoTo 0
End If
End Sub