VBA search script to ignore certain characters

dmj120

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  2. 2010
This is a follow up to my original post. The script DanteAmor provided works great, but I'm wondering if it can be tweaked a bit so special characters (spaces, dashes, periods, slashes, quotation marks) in the "mdl# search" can be ignored and still find the correct item - which are all standardized to replace slashes, dashes, periods, with a 'space' and a space is added between a letter and number.

Below is one example I screenshotted for a visual representation. Here's a couple other possible variations for

Mdl Search termResult (what needs to be 'found')
2.0CW2 0 CW
15M1815 M 18
1-A1/DE1 A 1 DE
S5-15S 5 15
7V 3-C7 V 3 C
TP750TP 750
3D Alpha 1.2V3 D Alpha 1 2 V


1624380013672.png


VBA Code:
Sub Search_criteria()
  Dim sh1 As Worksheet, sh2 As Worksheet
  Dim a As Variant, b As Variant
  Dim i As Long, j As Long
  Dim cad1 As String, cad2 As String, cad3 As String
  '
  Set sh1 = Sheets("MCT")
  Set sh2 = Sheets("search")
  '
  a = sh1.Range("A1:C" & sh1.Range("A:C").Find("*", , xlValues, , 1, 2).Row).Value2
  sh2.Range("A8:C" & Rows.Count).ClearContents
  ReDim b(1 To UBound(a, 1), 1 To 3)
  
  If sh2.[B2] <> "" Then cad1 = "*" & LCase(sh2.[B2].Value) & "*"
  If sh2.[B3] <> "" Then cad2 = "*" & LCase(sh2.[B3].Value) & "*"
  If sh2.[B4] <> "" Then cad3 = "*" & LCase(sh2.[B4].Value) & "*"
  
  For i = 1 To UBound(a, 1)
    If LCase(a(i, 1)) Like cad1 And LCase(a(i, 2)) Like cad2 And LCase(a(i, 3)) Like cad3 Then
      j = j + 1
      b(j, 1) = a(i, 1)
      b(j, 2) = a(i, 2)
      b(j, 3) = a(i, 3)
    End If
  Next i
  
  If j > 0 Then sh2.Range("A8").Resize(j, 3).Value = b
  
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  Range("A8").Select
  

 
End Sub
 

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