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findBoundingBox

findBoundingBox macro takes range of x coordinates, range of y coordinates, and range of id coordinates as parameters. The macro will create a new worksheet that displays the points of a bounding shape that encompasses all points from the passed (x,y) params.

A picture is worth a thousand words:

Bounding Box

red series found by using findBoundingBox macro - sample app can be downloaded at sample/bounding-box.xlsm

This is a quick and dirty implementation and has a lot of room for code modularization.

Basic Usage

In a workbook, import modules/bounding_box.bas. You can also import forms/formCalcBoundingBox.frm and forms/formCalcBoundingBox.frx for setting params and running findBoundingBox via a UI. To launch the UI form, run the macro showForm (Alt + L + PM to launch macro catalogue) and select the desired x, y, and id ranges using the form's controls. Finally, click "Find!"

A new worksheet will be added that specifies the set of points that will create the bounding shape.

Todo

Please feel free push any code that implements the following - patches will be happily accepted

  • Better code modularization
  • Better documentation
  • Change name to "bounding shape" ... technically not a box :)

Any others come to mind? Email me at jeff@elegantbuild.com.

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