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In Microsoft Excel, you can use Visual Basic for Applications code to activate a text box for editing. This article contains an example macro that 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 Visual Basic module:
When you run this macro, "Text Box 1" will be activated for editing. The contents of the text box will not be removed, but they will be re-entered by the macro, so you may see the contents briefly disappear and then reappear. If the text box contains a large amount of text, it may take several seconds or more for the text to reappear.
You can use this technique in any Visual Basic macro. However, the SendKeys command must be the last line in the macro, or the text box may not be activated correctly.
Article ID: 166144 - Last Review: September 13, 2006 - Revision: 2.3
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