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Triggering an Event when a Worksheet is Deactivated

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 14, 2016)

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John needs to ensure that certain actions have taken place (information added, etc.) before a user leaves a worksheet. He wonders if there is there some sort of macro event such as WorksheetBeforeDeactivate.

There are actually two events you could use for this purpose. You can use the SheetDeactivate event in the ThisWorkbook module to trigger actions whenever a user leaves any worksheet in the workbook:

Private Sub Workbook_SheetDeactivate(ByVal Sh As Object)
    MsgBox Prompt:="You just left sheet:" & Sh.Name
End Sub

If you want to trigger actions only when they leave a particular worksheet, then you can use the Deactivate event in the WorkSheet object:

Private Sub Worksheet_Deactivate()
    ' sheet specific code goes here
End Sub

You should know, however, that in either case the worksheet to which the user is choosing to go will be the active worksheet after the event is completed. If you want to force the user to stay on the worksheet, you need to specifically put them back on the worksheet, in this manner:

Private Sub Worksheet_Deactivate()
    ' sheet specific code goes here
    Sheets("Sheet1").Select
End Sub

This assumes, of course, that the name of the worksheet you want the user to remain on is Sheet1.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (7730) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Triggering an Event when a Worksheet is Deactivated.

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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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What is 9 + 4?

2017-04-20 05:00:49

Alan Elston

Hi Visual Badass
You might be able to glean some info from this Thread at ExcelForum
https://www.excelforum.com/excel-programming-vba-macros/1162925-resave-a-excel-file-without-manually-interacting-with-a-macro.html
As I recall, we developed ways to get a macro to run in a main Workbook when any other File was opened.
That involved making a sort of Application_WorkbookOpen() code
I expect there may be enough info there and in this Blog from Allen to allow you to do what you want, that is to say make some sort of Applicaion_WorksheetDeactivate() code
It sounds very interesting and could be useful to me.
Please let me know if you get it sorted.
Alan


2017-04-19 02:56:06

Visual Badass

Hi Allen,

Is there a way to have an event with triggers on any workbook having their worksheet deselect?

Something like a "Sub Application_SheetDeactivate()......" type of event.

The goal for me is to save such an even in the Personal.xlsb workbook so that I can use this macro at any point.

Thanks for the article!


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