Unique Workbook Identifier

Aug 10, 2007

Here at work we have a set of 12 workbooks, that form an extensive activity plan. I have created an add-in that creates a worksheet menu bar item and adds different functionalities to these 12 files. Because any user might have more than one of these documents open at one time, I am forced to refer to the documents by ActiveWorkbook. A bonus added feature: the names of these files change periodically, but not at the same time.

Before running any procedure I must validate that the active book is one of these files. Currently I am testing the existence of a veryhidden sheet codenamed "shIsValid" in the workbook. Now I'm thinking, there has to be a better way to do this. Simplest way would be if ThisWorkbook object had a Tag property similar to UserForms, but this doesn't seem to be the case. I wonder, is there actually a way to give a workbook any identifier (boolean, string or number) that I can access directly, so I can get rid of these dummy worksheets.


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does anyone have any thoughts on any way to create a formula that will create a unique identifier for a single row? I thought about using concatenate to combine a few columns in a row which will probably work 99% of the time, but I cant risk it being wrong 1% of the time. Any ideas on how to incorporate checking if the concatenation (aka the unique identifier) already exists, and if so, add a number or something to it to make it unique?

The data has rows added and removed on a normal basis in random spots on the sheet so I cant simply just have a number incrementing for each row I add as the unique identifier. In other words, the unique identifier should never change even if I add or remove rows anywhere in the sheet.

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Tab 1 formula begins in Cell A5Tab 2 of Unique IdentifiersFormula that will copy first cell in Tab 2 that includes VA in the string from Tab 2VANewsprint23005-2119Formula that will copy next cell in Tab 2 that includes VA in the string from Tab 2TNPackaging37309etcALPackaging35044etcVAPackaging24526-0040etcONPackagingP0K 1E0NHPackaging03743VAPackaging24521NYPackaging13667MIPackaging49099VA
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ID Text
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345 into one cell, if you would
345 be so kind as to help me.
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Mac Address


[Code] ............

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when I code VBA .. I am constantly referring to cells like:


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I have undertaken a project and have hit a brick wall.

I'll try and translate my request in the easiest way I can.

I have a piece of software that stores what software is installed on a machine when it connects to my domain.

I therefore have a list of software that is installed on machines that connect to my domain.
Each machine that connects to the domain has a unique identifier code.

At present I have about 500 different pieces of software on the various machines.

The unique identifier for the software installed on each machine is a combination of the application (column B), the program (column C) and the version (column D)

I wanted to give each seperate piece of software a unique ID number.

I was wanting to run a formula similar to the pseudocode below:
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I am thinking that if I can get every piece of software that is installed on the machines to have a software ID then I can create a software ID allowed list then I can create a formula to identify what laptops have software on the "allowed" and "banned" lists.

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[Code] ......

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On another sheet I need the following table to be generated in this format (two columns):

IdentifierA Value1
IdentifierA Value2
IdentifierA Value3
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$e$56 to $e$96 are Dollar amounts

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A4 Tim ------D4 C -----E4 D------F4 D
A5 Pete------D5 D------E5 D+ -----F5 D-

Expected output for Bob is SEN. Expected output for Tim is Art, Business Studies. Expected output for Pete is SEN, Art, Business Studies.

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2 cat......................2 cat, feline, kitten
2 feline..................3 dog, puppy
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What I am trying to do is match the part number on Sheet 1 Column A to Sheet 2 Column A, and when a match is found, take the unique identifer under column D associated with that part number and have it displayed on Sheet 1 Column D.

Sheet 1 will change with each build, but it will always be the same format in columns a,b,c,d. Basically I have a format on sheet 1 for what is needed to build each custom kit (787 kits) and sheet 2 carries every part we offer along with the identifer in column d (always a number value). I want to create a formula I can easily copy to match the value in sheet 1 column a to sheet 2 column a and add the identifier from sheet 2 column D to sheet 1 column D. The average kit is roughly 120+ parts so doing that for each part 787 times will be a nightmare. Also in case this matters, sheet 1 column A will have the parts arranged in a random order based on what is desired for that kit. Sheet 2 column A has the part numbers in order from our lowest part number to the highest number (basically an entire inventory list sorted from lowest to highest).


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Sheet 1
11111111Nut, Flange 1.00 *Starts blank* -looking for - Output from Sheet 2 Column D (1)
33333333Bolt, Squared 4.00 *Starts blank* -looking for - Output from Sheet 2 Column D (4)
55555555Bolt, Coated 3.00 *Starts blank* -looking for - Output from Sheet 2 Column D (2)
22222222Bolt, Hex 4.00 *Starts blank* -looking for - Output from Sheet 2 Column D (11)
44444444Bolt, Screw Type 2.00 *Starts blank* -looking for - Output from Sheet 2 Column D (3)

Sheet 2
11111111Nut, Flange 1.00 1
22222222Bolt, Hex 4.00 11
33333333Bolt, Squared 4.00 4
44444444Bolt, Screw Type 2.00 3
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Both worksheets are the first worksheet in both workbooks.

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Dim cell As Range
Dim Lrow As Long
Dim foldername As String
Dim MyPath As String
Dim FieldNum As Integer
Dim FileExtStr As String
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