# How to Create an Array of Numbers

This post explains how to return an array of numbers using an excel formula in excel.

## 1. Create an Array of Numbers using Formula

If you want to create an array of numbers, you can use a combination of the ROW function, the INDIRECT function or OFFSET function or INDEX function or MIN function to create a new formula.

For example, to create an array of numbers like {1;2;3;4;5}, you can use the following formulas:

``=ROW(B1:B5)-MIN(ROW(B1:B5))+1``
``=ROW(INDIRECT("1:5"))``
``=ROW(INDEX(A:A,1):INDEX(A:A,5))``
``={1;2;3;4;5}``
``=ROW(B1:B5)``

When you entered the above formula into a single cell, it just display only the first element in the array. And you need to press F9 to display the actual array result in the formula bar.

## 2. Create an Array of Numbers using VBA Code

the second method, we’ll explore how to use VBA code to swiftly generate an array of numbers programmatically.

For a more automated approach, VBA proves invaluable.

Press ‘Alt + F11‘ to open the Visual Basic for Applications editor.

In the VBA editor, click on Insert in the menu and select Module to create a new module.

Copy and paste the following VBA code into the module:

``````Sub GenerateNumberArray()
Dim i As Integer
Dim arrayStart As Integer
Dim arrayEnd As Integer
Dim destinationCell As Range
' Prompt for inputting array start and end numbers
arrayStart = InputBox("Enter the starting number for the array:", "Array Start Number Input", 1)
arrayEnd = InputBox("Enter the ending number for the array:", "Array End Number Input", 5)
' Prompt for selecting destination cell
On Error Resume Next
Set destinationCell = Application.InputBox("Select the destination cell for the array:", Type:=8)
On Error GoTo 0
If Not destinationCell Is Nothing Then
For i = 0 To arrayEnd - arrayStart
destinationCell.Offset(i, 0).Value = arrayStart + i
Next i
Else
MsgBox "Operation canceled. No destination cell selected."
End If
End Sub
``````

Close the VBA editor by clicking the “X” button or pressing Alt + Q.

Press Alt + F8 to open the “Macro” dialog box.

Select GenerateNumberArray from the list.

Click Run.

Input the starting number when prompted.

Input the ending number when prompted.

Select the destination cell where you want the array to start.

The VBA code will populate the selected range with a sequential array of numbers from the starting to the ending number.

## 3. Video: Create an Array of Numbers

This Excel video tutorial focusing on the creation of an array of numbers. In this session, we’ll explore two distinct methods – a formula-based approach utilizing the ROW function and a VBA code.

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