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Visual Basic Procedure to Get/Set Cursor Position

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You can make a Windows API (application programming interface) call to aMicrosoft Windows DLL (dynamic-link Library) to get and set the currentcursor position. The current position can be obtained by using theGetCursorPos function in USER32.DLL.
Microsoft Excel does not have the built-in functionality to get or set thecursor position. However, you can use the Declare statement in a MicrosoftExcel 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 beused 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 currentposition 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.
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Article ID: 152969 - Last Review: 10/11/2006 02:27:29 - Revision: 1.3

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