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3 Ways to Copy and Paste Cells with VBA Macros + Video

Bottom line: Learn 3 different ways to copy and paste cells or ranges in Excel with VBA Macros.  This is a 3-part video series and you can also download the file that contains the code.

Skill level: Beginner

3 Ways to Copy and Paste in Excel with VBA Macros

Copy & Paste: The Most Common Excel Action

Copy and paste is probably one of the most common actions you take in Excel.  It's also one of the most common tasks we automate when writing macros.

There are a few different ways to accomplish this task, and the macro recorder doesn't always give you the most efficient VBA code.

In the following three videos I explain:

  • The most efficient method for a simple copy and paste in VBA.
  • The easiest way to paste values.
  • How to use the PasteSpecial method for other paste types.

You can download the file I use in these videos below.  The code is also available at the bottom of the page.

VBA Copy Paste Methods.xlsm (91.7 KB)

Video #1: The Simple Copy Paste Method

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Video #2: An Easy Way to Paste Values

Video #3: The PasteSpecial Method Explained

VBA Code for the Copy & Paste Methods

Download the workbook that contains the code.

VBA Copy Paste Methods.xlsm (91.7 KB)

'3 Methods to Copy & Paste with VBA
'Source: https://www.excelcampus.com/vba/copy-paste-cells-vba-macros/
'Author: Jon Acampora

Sub Range_Copy_Examples()
'Use the Range.Copy method for a simple copy/paste

    'The Range.Copy Method - Copy & Paste with 1 line
    Range("A1").Copy Range("C1")
    Range("A1:A3").Copy Range("D1:D3")
    Range("A1:A3").Copy Range("D1")
    
    'Range.Copy to other worksheets
    Worksheets("Sheet1").Range("A1").Copy Worksheets("Sheet2").Range("A1")
    
    'Range.Copy to other workbooks
    Workbooks("Book1.xlsx").Worksheets("Sheet1").Range("A1").Copy _
        Workbooks("Book2.xlsx").Worksheets("Sheet1").Range("A1")

End Sub


Sub Paste_Values_Examples()
'Set the cells' values equal to another to paste values

    'Set a cell's value equal to another cell's value
    Range("C1").Value = Range("A1").Value
    Range("D1:D3").Value = Range("A1:A3").Value
     
    'Set values between worksheets
    Worksheets("Sheet2").Range("A1").Value = Worksheets("Sheet1").Range("A1").Value
     
    'Set values between workbooks
    Workbooks("Book2.xlsx").Worksheets("Sheet1").Range("A1").Value = _
        Workbooks("Book1.xlsx").Worksheets("Sheet1").Range("A1").Value
        
End Sub


Sub PasteSpecial_Examples()
'Use the Range.PasteSpecial method for other paste types

    'Copy and PasteSpecial a Range
    Range("A1").Copy
    Range("A3").PasteSpecial Paste:=xlPasteFormats
    
    'Copy and PasteSpecial a between worksheets
    Worksheets("Sheet1").Range("A2").Copy 
    Worksheets("Sheet2").Range("A2").PasteSpecial Paste:=xlPasteFormulas
    
    'Copy and PasteSpecial between workbooks
    Workbooks("Book1.xlsx").Worksheets("Sheet1").Range("A1").Copy
    Workbooks("Book2.xlsx").Worksheets("Sheet1").Range("A1").PasteSpecial Paste:=xlPasteFormats
    
    'Disable marching ants around copied range
    Application.CutCopyMode = False

End Sub

Paste Data Below the Last Used Row

One of the most common questions I get about copying and pasting with VBA is, how do I paste to the bottom of a range that is constantly changing?  I first want to find the last row of data, then copy & paste below it.

To answer this question, I created a free training video on how to paste data below the last used row in a sheet with VBA.  Can I send you the video?  Please click the image below to get the video.

Paste Data Below Last Used Row VBA Free Training

Free Training on Macros & VBA

The 3 videos above are from my VBA Pro Course.  If you want to learn more about macros and VBA then checkout my free 3-part video training series.

I will also send you info on the VBA Pro Course, that will take you from beginner to expert.  Click the link below to get instant access.

Free Training on Macros & VBA

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Welcome to Excel Campus! I am excited you are here. My name is Jon and my goal is to help you learn Excel to save time with your job and advance in your career. I've been an avid Excel user and VBA developer for 10+ years. I am also a Microsoft MVP. I try to learn something new everyday, and want to share this knowledge with you to help you improve your skills. When I'm not looking at spreadsheets, I get outdoors and surf. :) more about me

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joe78man - December 14, 2018

Windows(“incident.xlsx”).Activate
Range(“A:U”).Select ‘this trows the error: application-defined or object-deferred error

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Catherine - October 24, 2018

Hi, I have two workbooks opened (both can be different names) and I want to copy a Range from Workbook1 SheetX (unkown/active) to Workbook2 (where I know the Sheet name)
I even want the command to open the worksheet from a directory too. Do you have any suggestions on how to do this? Hope to hear from you. Many thanks.

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Erika - October 23, 2018

Hi,
I have two workbooks opened (both can be different names) and I want to copy a Range from Workbook1 SheetX (unkown/active) to Workbook2 (where I know the Sheet name)
Do you have any suggestions on how to do this?
Thanks,
Erika

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