This article was previously published under Q152969
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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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
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.
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.