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Visual Basic Code to Activate a Text Box for Editing

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In Microsoft Excel, you can use Visual Basic for Applications code toactivate a text box for editing. This article contains an example macrothat demonstrates how to perform this task.

NOTE: This example will not work in Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh,since the SendKeys method is not available on the Macintosh.
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To activate a text box for editing, enter the following code into a VisualBasic module:
    Sub ActivateTextBox()       'Dimension variables.       Dim xString As String       'In this example, the name of the text box is "Text Box 1". You       'can change this as required.       ActiveSheet.TextBoxes("Text Box 1").Select       'Store the contents of the text box in the variable xString.       If Len(Selection.Text) > 0 Then           xString = Selection.Text       Else           xString = ""       End If       'Use SendKeys to activate the text box, restore the original text,       'and move to the beginning of the text box.       Application.SendKeys (xString & "^{HOME}")    End Sub				
When you run this macro, "Text Box 1" will be activated for editing. Thecontents of the text box will not be removed, but they will be re-enteredby the macro, so you may see the contents briefly disappear and thenreappear. If the text box contains a large amount of text, it may takeseveral seconds or more for the text to reappear.

You can use this technique in any Visual Basic macro. However, the SendKeyscommand must be the last line in the macro, or the text box may not beactivated correctly.
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