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: Resizing a Text Box in a Macro.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 9, 2020)
Rob has a text box, in a worksheet, that contains text copied from Word. He wants to know how he can resize the text box using a macro, so that it covers a specific range of cells.
There are a couple of ways you can approach this task. One is to specify, in the macro, exactly which cells you want to cover with the text box, and then adjust the properties of the text box to match the characteristics of the cells you specify.
Sub ResizeBox1() Dim sTL As String Dim sBR As String Dim rng As Range ' Change top-left and bottom-right addresses as desired sTL = "A1" sBR = "M40" ' Ensure a text box is selected If TypeName(Selection) <> "TextBox" Then MsgBox "Text box not selected" Exit Sub End If With Selection Set rng = ActiveSheet.Range(sTL) .Top = rng.Top .Left = rng.Left Set rng = ActiveSheet.Range(sBR) .Width = rng.Left + rng.Width .Height = rng.Top + rng.Height End With Set rng = Nothing End Sub
In order to use the macro, change the address of the cells you want to use for the top-left and bottom-right of the text box. Then, select the text box and run the macro.
If you prefer, you could use a named range to specify the range to be covered by the text box. The following macro expects that the range will be named RangeToCover. When you select the text box and run the macro, the text box is resized to match the size of the range.
Sub ResizeBox2() Dim l_rRangeToCover As Range Dim l_rLowerRight As Range ' Ensure a text box is selected If TypeName(Selection) <> "TextBox" Then MsgBox "Text box not selected" Exit Sub End If ' Get the range to cover Set l_rRangeToCover = _ ActiveSheet.Range(Names("RangeToCover").RefersToRange.Value) ' Get its lower right cell Set l_rLowerRight = _ l_rRangeToCover.Cells( _ l_rRangeToCover.Rows.Count, _ l_rRangeToCover.Columns.Count) ' Resize the text box With Selection .Left = l_rRangeToCover.Left .Top = l_rRangeToCover.Top .Width = l_rLowerRight.Left + l_rLowerRight.Width - .Left .Height = l_rLowerRight.Top + l_rLowerRight.Height - .Top End With End Sub
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