Visual Basic Procedure to Get/Set Cursor Position

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You can make a Windows API (application programming interface) call to a Microsoft Windows DLL (dynamic-link Library) to get and set the current cursor position. The current position can be obtained by using the GetCursorPos function in USER32.DLL.


Microsoft Excel does not have the built-in functionality to get or set the cursor position. However, you can use the Declare statement in a Microsoft Excel Visual Basic for Applications macro to call a Microsoft Windows function to access the current position. You can also use another function SetCursorPos to set the cursor position. The SetCursorPos function can be used in a looping structure to move the cursor across the screen.

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  1. Type the following code into a new module:
    ' Access the GetCursorPos function in user32.dll
          Declare Function GetCursorPos Lib "user32" _
          (lpPoint As POINTAPI) As Long
          ' Access the GetCursorPos function in user32.dll
          Declare Function SetCursorPos Lib "user32" _
          (ByVal x As Long, ByVal y As Long) As Long
          ' GetCursorPos requires a variable declared as a custom data type
          ' that will hold two integers, one for x value and one for y value
          Type POINTAPI
             X_Pos As Long
             Y_Pos As Long
          End Type
          ' Main routine to dimension variables, retrieve cursor position,
          ' and display coordinates
          Sub Get_Cursor_Pos()
          ' Dimension the variable that will hold the x and y cursor positions
          Dim Hold As POINTAPI
          ' Place the cursor positions in variable Hold
          GetCursorPos Hold
          ' Display the cursor position coordinates
          MsgBox "X Position is : " & Hold.X_Pos & Chr(10) & _
             "Y Position is : " & Hold.Y_Pos
          End Sub
          ' Routine to set cursor position
          Sub Set_Cursor_Pos()
          ' Looping routine that positions the cursor
             For x = 1 To 480 Step 20
                SetCursorPos x, x
                For y = 1 To 40000: Next
             Next x
          End Sub
  2. Click anywhere inside the text of the Get_Cursor_Pos routine and press the F5 key to run the Get_Cursor_Pos macro.

    You will get a message box displayed with the coordinates of the current position of the mouse pointer.
  3. Click anywhere inside the text of the Set_Cursor_Pos routine and press the F5 key to run the Set_Cursor_Pos macro.
The cursor will move diagonally down across the screen.


Article ID: 152969 - Last Review: October 11, 2006 - Revision: 1.3
  • Microsoft Excel 95a
  • Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 Service Pack 5
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