VBA Type Mismatch Error

Type mismatch Error or we can also call it as Error code 13 it occurs when we assign a value to a variable which is not of its data type, for example, if we provide a decimal or long value to an integer data type variable we will encounter this Type mismatch error when we run the code which is shown as Error Code 13.

What is VBA Type Mismatch Error?

VBA Type Mismatch Error in excel is a type of “Run Time Error,” and it is the number 13 error in this category.

To start off the learnings in VBA and for beginners, it is hard to find the error thrown by the VBA codes. Remember, VBA is not throwing an error. Rather, it is just highlighting our mistakes while writing the code.

We usually declare variables, and we assign data types to it. When we assign a value to those variables, we need to remember what kind of data it can hold. If the assigned value is not as per the data type, we will get “Run Time Error 13: Type Mismatch”.

VBA Type Mismatch Error

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How to Fix VBA Type Mismatch Run-time Error 13?

Let’s see some examples to understand this VBA Type Mismatch Error.

You can download this VBA Type Mismatch Excel Template here – VBA Type Mismatch Excel Template

VBA Type Mismatch – Example #1

For example, look at the below VBA codeVBA CodeVBA code refers to a set of instructions written by the user in the Visual Basic Applications programming language on a Visual Basic Editor (VBE) to perform a specific task.read more.


Sub Type_MisMatch_Example1()

Dim k As Byte

k = "Hiii"

MsgBox k

End Sub
vba mismatch example 1.1

I have declared the variable “k” as Byte.

This means the variable “k” can hold values from 0 to 255. But in the next line, I have assigned the value for the variable “k” as “Hiii.”

It is very clear that data type cannot hold the value of a text, so here comes the Type Mismatch Error.

vba mismatch example 1.2

VBA Type Mismatch – Example #2

Now take a look at one more example with a different data type. Look at the below code.


Sub Type_MisMatch_Example2()

Dim x As Boolean

x = 4556

MsgBox x

End Sub
vba mismatch example 2.1

We have declared the variable “x” as Boolean.

Boolean is a data typeBoolean Is A Data TypeBoolean is an inbuilt data type in VBA used for logical references or logical variables. The value this data type holds is either TRUE or FALSE and is used for logical comparison. The declaration of this data type is similar to all the other data types.read more that can hold the value of either TRUE or FALSE.

In the above code, we have assigned a value of 4556, which is not as per the data type values of TRUE or FALSE.

When we run this code, you would expect a type mismatch error, but see what happens when we run this code.

vba mismatch example 2.2

You must be wondering why this isn’t give run time error 13 of type mismatch error.

The reason for this is excel treats all the numbers as TRUE except zero. Zero value will be treated as FALSE. So that is why we got the result as TRUE instead of an error.

Now see, I will assign a numerical value with text.


Sub Type_MisMatch_Example2()

Dim x As Boolean

x = "4556a"

MsgBox x

End Sub
vba mismatch example 2.3

This will definitely throw Run Time Error 13: Type Mismatch.

vba mismatch example 2.4

VBA Type Mismatch – Example #3

Now, look at the below code for this example.


Sub Type_MisMatch_Example4()

Dim x As Integer
Dim y As String

x = 45
y = "2019 Jan"

MsgBox x + y

End Sub
example 3.1

Variable “x” is an integer data type, and “y” is a string data type.

X = 45 and y = 2019 Jan.

In the message box, I have added x + y.

But this isn’t the perfect code because we cannot add numbers with string texts. We will encounter Run Time Error 13.

example 3.2

VBA Type Mismatch – Example #4

Exceptional Cases

There are situations where excel forgives the wrong data assigned to the variable data type. For example, look at the below code.


Sub Type_MisMatch_Example3()

Dim x As Long
Dim y As Long

x = 58.85

y = "85"

MsgBox x & vbNewLine & y

End Sub
example 4.1

Two declared variables are “x” & “y.”

For this variable, the assigned data type is “Long.”

Long data type accepts only whole numbers, not decimal values.

So general perception is to get run time error 13 of type mismatch error.

But let’s see what happens when we run this code.

example 4.2

Wow!!! We got the values as 59 & 85.

This is because VBA will convert the decimal value 58.85 to the nearest integer value, and even though numbers are enclosed with double quotes still it converts to the integer value only.

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