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Swapping Two Numbers

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 30, 2016)

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If you do any serious macro programming, there will eventually come a time when you want to swap the values in two numeric variables. In some versions of BASIC, there are commands that handle this. VBA leaves us to our own devices, however. The following technique should do the trick for most people:

TempNum = MyNum1
MyNum1 = MyNum2
MyNum2 = TempNum

When completed, the values in MyNum1 and MyNum2 have been swapped, and TempNum doesn't matter since it was intended (by this technique) as a temporary variable anyway.

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Author Bio

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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What is eight more than 8?

2016-05-02 22:27:44

Bernard Martin

Long ago when memory was a scarce and expensive ressource, I used to swap two numbers without using a temporary variable, as follows :

MyNum1 = MyNum1 Xor MyNum2
MyNum2 = MyNum2 Xor MyNum1
MyNum1 = MyNum1 Xor MyNum2

You can check that it actually works!


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