Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Stepping Through a Macro with a Worksheet Visible.

Stepping Through a Macro with a Worksheet Visible

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 12, 2015)

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Ted asked if there was a way to step through VBA code while viewing a worksheet, so he could view the effects on the worksheet as each step in his macro is executed.

This is actually quite easy to do—all that needs to be done is to arrange the Excel window and the VB Editor window so that both of them are visible at the same time. In other words, neither one of them should be "full screen." You can arrange the window sizes so that you maximize what you can see in your worksheet, and minimize what you see in the VB Editor—perhaps showing only a few lines of code in the window.

Another closely related approach is to make the Excel workbook full-screen, and then make the VB Editor window as small as possible, overlaying the Excel screen. With the VB Editor window active, you can step through the macro using F8 and view the results in the background, on the Excel workbook.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6194) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Stepping Through a Macro with a Worksheet Visible.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2015-09-12 09:15:12

shedon hopkins

There is an easier way, albeit a bit more expensive,to handle ExcelVBA visiblity full time, full screen. This is especially true if you do a lot of VBA writing and testing.

Use Two monitors, Excel on one screen and VBA on the other. If you are doing VBA, you will have enough computer power to have two screens.


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