What Is Single Data Type VBA?


Larry Thompson

In Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), the Single data type is used to store floating-point numbers with single precision. It is a numeric data type that can hold values ranging from -3.402823E38 to -1.401298E-45 for negative values, 0, and 1.401298E-45 to 3.402823E38 for positive values.

Declaring a Single Variable

To declare a Single variable in VBA, you can use the Dim statement followed by the variable name:

Dim myValue As Single

This declares a variable named myValue of type Single.

Assigning Values to Single Variables

You can assign values to Single variables using the assignment operator (=). For example:

myValue = 3.14

This assigns the value 3.14 to the myValue variable.

Arithmetic Operations with Single Variables

The Single data type supports various arithmetic operations, such as addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (*), and division (/). For example:

Dim num1 As Single
Dim num2 As Single

num1 = 5
num2 = 2

result = num1 + num2

result = num1 - num2

result = num1 * num2

result = num1 / num2

Using Single Variables in VBA

The Single data type is commonly used in VBA when dealing with decimal numbers that do not require high precision. It is particularly useful in scenarios where memory usage and efficiency are important factors.


Dim radius As Single
Dim area As Single

radius = 5
area = 3.14 * radius * radius

MsgBox "The area of the circle is " & area

This example calculates the area of a circle with a given radius using the formula π * r^2 and displays the result using the MsgBox function.


The Single data type in VBA provides a way to store floating-point numbers with single precision. It is a useful data type for storing decimal values that do not require high precision. By understanding how to declare, assign values, and perform arithmetic operations with Single variables, you can effectively utilize this data type in your VBA projects.

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