Excel VBA Lesson 4: Operators in Excel VBA

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The Operators are important in writing Excel VBA program code. They are used to calculate values, perform certain operations, make comparisons and more. The operators can be divided into three main categories:

  • Arithmetic
  • Comparison
  • Logical

4.1 Arithmetic Operators

Arithmetic operators are used to perform mathematical operations in Excel VBA.

Table 4.1 Arithmetic Operators

Operator Mathematical function Example


Exponential MsgBox 2^4 gives a value of 16


Multiplication MsgBox 4*3 gives a value of 12,


Division MsgBox 12/4 gives a value of 3


Modulus (returns the remainder from an integer division) MsgBox 15 Mod 4 gives value of 3


Integer Division(discards the decimal places) MsgBox 19\4 gives a value of 4

+ or &

String concatenation MsgBox “Excel”&”VBA 2010” or “Excel”+”VBA 2010” produces a new string “Excel VBA 2010”

MsgBox is a built-in function of excel VBA that displays a message. We shall learn more about functions in next lesson. Note that MsgBox 1+”VBA” will produce a type mismatch error whereas MsgBox 1&”VBA” will not result in an error, it gives a concatenated string 1VBA.

We shall engage the usage of arithmetic operators in Excel VBA code writing in future lessons.

4.2 Comparison Operators

Comparison operators are often used in writing code that require decisions making. For example,

If mark>50 then
MsgBox “Pass”
MsgBox “Fail”

We shall learn more about writing decision-making code in future lessons.

The comparison operators are shown in Table 4.2.


Table 4.2 Comparison Operators


Meaning Example


Less than MsgBox 2<3 returns true while MsgBox 4>5 returns false


Less than or equal to MsgBox 3<=4 returns true


Greater than MsgBox 5>4 returns true


Greater than or equal to MsgBox 10>=9 returns true


Equal to MsgBox 10=10 returns true


Not Equal to MsgBox 9<>10 returns true

* For letters, the hierarchy is A>B>C>……….>Z

Therefore MsgBox A>B returns true

4.3 Logical Operators

Logical operators are also used in writing decision-making codes by comparing values or expressions.


Table 4.3 Logical Operators


Meaning Example


Logical Conjunction If A>=80 And B<101 thenGrade=”A”


Logical Disjunction If income>5000 or car>2 thenStatus=”Rich”


Logical negation MsgBox Not (3 > 4)returns true


Similar to Or, except that it returns False if both camparison values are true MsgBox 4 > 3 Xor 5 >2 returns false


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