finding the closest matching date in a range


Active Member
Aug 2, 2009

What is the fastest way to search a column of dates to find the closest date to a date passed as a parameter to the routine?

I am doing it by looping thru each cell in the range but Im sure there is a faster way

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Well-known Member
Jul 2, 2008
and if sorting the data is an option - here it is

replace DateVal = 25 line with whatever procedure you use to pass the value along. DateVal is that number (date in your case) that you wanna find the closest match for.
assumes data sits in Col A1:A1000

Rich (BB code):
Sub FindClosestMatch()

DateVal = 25

Range("A1:A1000").Sort Key1:=Range("A1"), Order1:=xlDescending, Header:=xlGuess, _
OrderCustom:=1, MatchCase:=False, Orientation:=xlTopToBottom, _
MinVal = Cells(Application.WorksheetFunction.Match(DateVal, Range("A1:A1000"), -1), 1)

Range("A1:A1000").Sort Key1:=Range("A1"), Order1:=xlAscending, Header:=xlGuess, _
OrderCustom:=1, MatchCase:=False, Orientation:=xlTopToBottom, _
MaxVal = Cells(Application.WorksheetFunction.Match(DateVal, Range("A1:A1000"), 1), 1)

If MinVal - DateVal > DateVal - MaxVal Then
 FinalVal = MaxVal
 FinalVal = MinVal
End If
MsgBox (FinalVal)

End Sub

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