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Controlling Appearance of Mouse Pointer Within Macro
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In Microsoft Excel 97 and 7.0, you can use the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Cursor property to control the appearance of the mouse pointer while a macro is running. In earlier versions of Microsoft Excel, you do not have this ability to change the way the mouse pointer is displayed.
Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. In Microsoft Excel version 5.0, the mouse pointer is normally displayed as an hourglass when you run a macro. The exception to this is when you run a macro from a control in a custom dialog box. In this case, the mouse pointer continues to be displayed as an arrow, and does not give you an indication that the macro (event procedure) is running.
In Microsoft Excel versions 7.0 and 97, you can use the Cursor property to display the mouse pointer as an arrow, an hourglass, an I-beam (displayed when editing text), and the default pointer. The following built-in constants correspond to each of the available cursor shapes:
Note that when you type in the constant for the I-beam pointer, the letter that follows the "xl" prefix is an "I" (for I-beam).
xlNorthwestArrow The northwest-arrow pointer xlWait The hourglass pointer xlIBeam The I-beam pointer xlNormal The default pointer
Cursor Property Example
Note that because the Cursor property isn't automatically reset when the macro stops running, you should reset the mouse pointer by setting the Cursor property to the xlNormal value before your macro stops.
For more information about the Cursor property in Microsoft Excel 97, from
the Visual Basic Editor, click the Office Assistant, type Cursor, click Search, and then click to view "Cursor Property."
NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If the Assistant is not able to answer your query, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/176476/EN-US/ )OFF: Office Assistant Not Answering Visual Basic Questions
Article ID: 130044 - Last Review: October 11, 2006 - Revision: 2.3