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How to Create a Temporary Message Box While Macro Runs

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In Microsoft Excel, you cannot display a message box at the same time asecond macro is running. However, you can simulate a message box with atext box when using a Visual Basic for Applications macro. To do this, youwould create a text box and position it on the screen at an appropriatelocation. With code, you can present the text box, run your secondsubroutine, and, at the conclusion of the subroutine, delete the text box.The example in this article demonstrates this process. You can change thedesign of the text box to look anyway you want. The following example givesyou just one way to display it.
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162257 OFF97: How to Show a "Now Processing" Dialog While Macro Runs

Visual Basic Code Example

  1. Type your name in cell A1 of Sheet1 in a new workbook.
  2. On the Insert menu, click Macro, and then Module.
  3. On the new module sheet, type the following two subroutines:
          Sub DisplayTextMsgBox()         ' Select the first worksheet.         Worksheets(1).Select         ' Create a text box on the active worksheet.         ActiveSheet.TextBoxes.Add(215, 195, 91.5, 60).Select         ' Store the name of Worksheet in variable StoreWSNM.         StoreWSNM = ActiveSheet.Name         ' Store the name of Text Box in variable StoreNM         StoreNM = Selection.Name         ' Set the Font and Border properties of the text box.         With Selection            With Selection.Characters.Font               .Name = "Arial"               .FontStyle = "Bold"               .Size = 20            End With            With Selection.Border               .LineStyle = xlContinuous               .ColorIndex = 1               .Weight = xlThick            End With            'Set round corners for the text box.            .RoundedCorners = True            'Set message text color to black.            .Interior.ColorIndex = 15            'Assign message text to the text box.            .Characters.Text = "Please Wait..."         End With         ' Actual macro that will run while Please Wait...         ' message is being displayed.         Second_Macro         ' Makes sure the proper Worksheet is selected.         Worksheets(StoreWSNM).Select         ' Makes sure the proper text box is selected.         ActiveSheet.TextBoxes(StoreNM).Select         ' Deletes the Please Wait... text box.         Selection.Delete      End Sub      ' Note that the Please Wait... text box will be displayed      ' until this macro has completed.      Sub Second_Macro()         ' Select A1 and copies it.         Range("a1").Select         ActiveCell.Copy         ' Set loop to occur 5 times.         For LoopIt = 1 To 5            ' Move down one row and paste the contents of A1.            ActiveCell.Offset(1, 0).Select            ActiveSheet.Paste            ' Waits one second before looping.            ' NOTE: This is only done for demonstration purposes to            ' slow down the macro so the Please Wait text box will            ' be displayed for at least 5 seconds.            Application.Wait Now + TimeValue("00:00:01")         Next      End Sub						
  4. On the Tools menu, click Macro. In the Macro box, select the macro called DisplayTextMsgBox, and click the Run button.
NOTE: If your second macro will be selecting other worksheets whilerunning, you may want to turn off screen updating at the beginningof the second macro. This will make sure the Please Wait text boxremains on screen while that macro runs. You can useApplication.ScreenUpdating = False to turn off screen updating.
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