For Each...Next statement

Repeats a group of statements for each element in an array or collection.


For Each element In group
[ statements ]
[ Exit For ]
[ statements ]
Next [ element ]

The For...Each...Next statement syntax has these parts:

Part Description
element Required. Variable used to iterate through the elements of the collection or array. For collections, element can only be a Variant variable, a generic object variable, or any specific object variable. For arrays, element can only be a Variant variable.
group Required. Name of an object collection or array (except an array of user-defined types).
statements Optional. One or more statements that are executed on each item in group.


The For…Each block is entered if there is at least one element in group. After the loop has been entered, all the statements in the loop are executed for the first element in group. If there are more elements in group, the statements in the loop continue to execute for each element. When there are no more elements in group, the loop is exited and execution continues with the statement following the Next statement.

Any number of Exit For statements may be placed anywhere in the loop as an alternative way to exit. Exit For is often used after evaluating some condition, for example If…Then, and transfers control to the statement immediately following Next.

You can nest For...Each...Next loops by placing one For…Each…Next loop within another. However, each loop element must be unique.


If you omit element in a Next statement, execution continues as if element is included. If a Next statement is encountered before its corresponding For statement, an error occurs.

You can't use the For...Each...Next statement with an array of user-defined types because a Variant can't contain a user-defined type.


This example uses the For Each...Next statement to search the Text property of all elements in a collection for the existence of the string "Hello". In the example, MyObject is a text-related object and is an element of the collection MyCollection. Both are generic names used for illustration purposes only.

Dim Found, MyObject, MyCollection 
Found = False    ' Initialize variable. 
For Each MyObject In MyCollection    ' Iterate through each element.  
    If MyObject.Text = "Hello" Then    ' If Text equals "Hello". 
        Found = True    ' Set Found to True. 
        Exit For    ' Exit loop. 
    End If 

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