Reversing a String

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 30, 2021)

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VBA includes some very powerful commands and functions for manipulating strings. One such function allows you to easily reverse the contents of a string: the StrReverse function. All you need to do is to pass it a string value, and it returns the reversed version of the string:

Dim MyString As String
Dim BackString As String

MyString = "ABCD1234"
BackString = StrReverse(MyString)

When the code snippet is through executing, the value of the BackString variable is set to 4321DCBA, which is the reverse of the original value of the MyString variable.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2017-02-28 06:10:06

Alan Elston

Chris,
I am not quite following exactly what you are wanting to do, but some thoughts ..
I only recently noticed that there is a StrReverse-Funktion. ( Documentation in VBA is scarce, one seems to find info on this if you look under Visual Basic )

You mentioned doing a quite laboriously splitting it into digits in Excel. ??
Be aware that usually any function designed to take a string will happily take a number
The code snippet below “works” to reverse a number
What slightly surprised me initially here is that I see that I can also apply the returned value from StrReverse to a number variable.
( Possibly I should not have been surprised by that as the last line in the code snippet also works )

The code works in Excel or Word

If you are in Word, you can add the code line from John Summers,
Let Nmbr = Selection.Text
Then as long as you have selected numbers in a word document, then the code will also work

Sub RevStr() ' https://wordribbon.tips.net/T011514_Reversing_a_String.html
Dim Nmbr As Long: Let Nmbr = 1234
'Let Nmbr = Selection.Text' For use in Word if you select only numbers
Dim RevNmbr As Long

Let RevNmbr = StrReverse(Nmbr)
MsgBox prompt:="Reversed Number value is " & RevNmbr & " , the variable type retuned is " & TypeName(StrReverse(Nmbr)) & " , and the final type of the reversed number is " & TypeName(Nmbr)

Dim strNmbr As String: Let strNmbr = "1234"
Let RevNmbr = StrReverse(strNmbr)

Let Nmbr = strNmbr
End Sub


Alan


2017-02-27 06:24:44

John Summers

Chris,

This may help. Select your number sequence and run this macro. (Thanks and apologies to Allen for basing this on his example.)

Sub Reverse_String()

Dim MyString As String
Dim BackString As String

MyString = Selection.Text
BackString = StrReverse(MyString)

MsgBox BackString

End Sub


2017-02-26 01:59:37

Chris Finn

I sometimes have a series of numbers which need reversing (generally when I am attempting to solve a mathematical puzzle).
Hence I'd appreciate a way of applying this tip to a number, and having the answer as a number also.
Hitherto I have been laboriously splitting it into digits and reassembling them in reverse order, using Excel.
Many thanks.
Chris F


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