This article describes how you can display a dialog box while a macro is
running in the background. The purpose of displaying a dialog box is to
alert the user that the application is busy while your macro is running.
When you use the Show method to display a UserForm, the UserForm is shown
"modal"; that is, the user must respond to the UserForm before using any
other part of the application. After a UserForm is loaded, no subsequent
code is executed until the UserForm is either hidden or unloaded.
To display a dialog box and allow the macro to run in the background, you
can run your macro in the Activate event of the UserForm. When the UserForm
is shown, the Activate event is triggered and your macro will run while the
UserForm is shown on the screen. The following steps illustrate how you can
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- Start a new workbook in Microsoft Excel 97 (or a new document in
Microsoft Word 97).
- Press ALT+F11 to activate the Visual Basic Editor.
- On the Insert menu, click Module to insert a module into the project.
- Press F4 to display the Properties window.
- Change the Name property of the module to Processing_Code.
- In the Processing_Code module window, type the following:
Public Processing_Message As String
Public Macro_to_Process As String
Sub StartProcessing (msg As String, code As String)
Processing_Message = msg 'Set the message that is displayed
'in the dialog box
Macro_to_Process = code 'Set the macro that is run after the
'dialog box is active
Processing_Dialog.Show 'Show the Dialog box
- On the Insert menu, click UserForm to add a UserForm to the project.
- Press F4 to display the Properties Window. Change the UserForm
properties to the following settings.
Caption (Leave Blank)
- Add one Label control to the UserForm. Change the Name property of the
label to lblMessage.
- Select the UserForm. On the View menu, click Code. In the code window,
in the Procedure list, select the Initialize event, and then type the
following in the Code window:
Private Sub UserForm_Initialize()
lblMessage.Caption = Processing_Message 'Change the Label
- In the Code window, click Activate event in the Procedure list,
and type the following:
Private Sub UserForm_Activate()
Me.Repaint 'Refresh the UserForm
Application.Run Macro_to_Process 'Run the macro
Unload Me 'Unload the UserForm
- On the Insert menu, click Module. Type the following code in the
For x = 1 to 5000
Application.StatusBar = x '5000 Iterations Changing
Application.StatusBar = False 'Reset the StatusBar
'Call the StartProcessing procedure to show the Processing_Dialog
'with the label "Processing, Please Wait..." and execute
StartProcessing "Processing, Please Wait...", "MyMacro"
- Press ALT+Q to leave the Visual Basic Editor and return to Microsoft
Excel (or Microsoft Word).
- On the Tools menu, point to Macro, and click Macros. Select the Main
macro and click Run. The Processing_Dialog dialog box appears.
While the dialog box is shown, the status bar text in the application
increments from 1 to 5000--the changing status bar text is the indication
that your macro is running while the dialog box is on the screen.
How to Use the Processing Dialog Box in Other Workbooks
To use this "Processing, Please Wait" dialog box with macros in other
workbooks or documents, do the following:
- Activate the Visual Basic Editor. On the View menu, click Project
- Select the project that you created in the previous steps.
- Right-click the "Processing_Dialog" UserForm and click Export File.
Save the UserForm as "Processing_Dialog.frm."
- Right-click the "Processing_Code" Module and click Export File. Save
the module as "Processing_Code.bas."
- Return to Microsoft Excel and open the workbook in which you would like
to use the "Processing, Please Wait" dialog box.
- Activate the Visual Basic Editor.
- On the File menu, click Import File, select the "Processing_Dialog.frm"
file, and click Open.
- On the File menu, click Import File. Select the "Processing_Dialog.bas"
file, and click Open.
- On the Insert menu, click Module, and type the following code in the
Where the <message text> argument is the text string that you want to
display in the Processing_Dialog dialog box and <macro name> is the
macro that you would like to run after the dialog box appears. To show
the dialog box and run the macro indicated by "<macro name>", run the
StartProcessing "<message text>", "<macro name>"
For information on how to show a temporary message box while a macro is
running in Microsoft Excel versions 5.x or 7.x, please see the following
article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
XL: How to Create a Temporary Message Box While Macro Runs
Article ID: 162257 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 1.1
- Microsoft Office 97 Standard Edition
- Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
- Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
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