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Reversing a String

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Reversing a String.

VBA includes some very powerful commands and functions for manipulating strings. One such function allows you to easily reverse the contents of a string: the StrReverse function. All you need to do is to pass it a string value, and it returns the reversed version of the string:

Dim MyString As String
Dim BackString As String

MyString = "ABCD1234"
BackString = StrReverse(MyString)

When the code snippet is through executing, the value of BackString is set to 4321DCBA, which is the reverse of the original value of MyString.

The StrReverse function was added to VBA beginning with Office 2000. If you are using Word 97, then you can create your own function to reverse strings:

Function StrReverse(sRaw As String) As String
    Dim sWork As String
    Dim sTarget As String
    Dim J As Integer

    sWork = sRaw
    sTarget = ""
    For J = 1 To Len(sWork)
        sTarget = Mid(sWork, J, 1) & sTarget
    Next J
    StrReverse = sTarget
End Function

It works by pulling the original string apart and putting it back together in the new order. The function returns a reversed version of whatever string you send it.

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Comments for this tip:

Michael Avidan    25 Dec 2011, 08:25
To the best of my knowledge there is a Excel VBA has build-in Reverse String function - "StrReverse", which eliminates the need for all the looping, etc...

Function STRVRS(str)
  STRVRS = StrReverse(str)
End Function

Michael Avidan
“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel


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