Checkboxes are one of the easiest ways to create interaction with users. Controlling them with VBA makes them more flexible and more useful in Excel applications.
Here is a collection of the most common code snippets and settings.
Create Check Boxes
The following code will create a checkbox
Sub CreateCheckBoxes() 'Create variable Dim chkBox As CheckBox 'Create checkbox Set chkBox = ActiveSheet.CheckBoxes.Add(Top:=0, Height:=1, Width:=1, Left:=0) End Sub
Loop through all the checkboxes
If you want to apply the same settings or values to all the checkboxes on a worksheet this can be achieved by looping through the checkboxs and applying the settings individually.
Sub LoopThroughCheckboxes() 'Create variable Dim chkBox As CheckBox 'Loop through each check box on active sheet For Each chkBox In ActiveSheet.CheckBoxes 'Do something to each checkbox using chkBox. Next chkBox End Sub
Set checkbox to a variable
The macro below will set a checkbox to a variable.
Sub SetCheckboxToVariable() 'Create variable Dim chkBox As CheckBox 'Set the variable to a specific checkbox Set chkBox = ActiveSheet.CheckBoxes("CheckBoxName") End Sub
Common checkbox settings
The settings you are most likely to need to change are included in the macro below.
Sub CommonCheckboxSettings() 'Create variable Dim chkBox As CheckBox 'Set the variable to a specific checkbox Set chkBox = ActiveSheet.CheckBoxes("CheckBoxName") 'Set the variable to the name of the Checkbox calling the macro Set chkBox = ActiveSheet.CheckBoxes(Application.Caller) 'Set the checkbox name chkBox.Name = "CheckBoxName" 'Set the value of a check box (3 possible values) chkBox.value = xlOff chkBox.value = xlOn chkBox.value = xlMixed 'Set the shading of the can to True or False chkBox.Display3DShading = True chkBox.Display3DShading = False 'Set the linked cell chkBox.LinkedCell = "$E$5" 'Reset the linked cell to nothing chkBox.LinkedCell = "" 'Set position of the checkbox With chkBox .Top = 20 .Left = 20 .Height = 20 .Width = 20 End With 'Change the checkboxes caption chkBox.Caption = "check box caption" 'Display the name of the sheet containing the checkbox MsgBox chkBox.Parent.Name 'Display the address of the cell with the top left pixel 'of the check box MsgBox chkBox.TopLeftCell.Address 'Display the address of the cell with the bottom right pixel 'of the check box MsgBox chkBox.BottomRightCell 'Set the macro to be called with clicking the checkbox chkBox.OnAction = "NameOfMacro" 'Remove the macro being called chkBox.OnAction = "" 'Is the checkbox enabled? True or False chkBox.Enabled = False chkBox.Enabled = True 'Set the checkbox to not move with cells chkBox.Placement = xlFreeFloating 'Set the checkbox to move with the cells chkBox.Placement = xlMove 'Set the print option of the checkbox True or False chkBox.PrintObject = True chkBox.PrintObject = False 'Delete the checkbox chkBox.Delete End Sub
Delete all the checkboxes on the active sheet
Sub DeleteAllCheckBoxes() ActiveSheet.CheckBoxes.Delete End Sub
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