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: Using the Camera in VBA.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 11, 2019)
In other issues of ExcelTips you learn about using the Camera tool to capture dynamic pictures of different parts of your worksheet. You may have been wondering how to use the same sort of feature from within VBA. The documentation on the issue is not terribly clear, but the following macro shows the general process:
Sub DoCamera() Dim MyPrompt As String Dim MyTitle As String Dim UserRange As Range Dim OutputRange As Range Application.ScreenUpdating = True 'Prompt user for range to capture MyPrompt = "Select the range you would like to capture." MyTitle = "User Input Required" On Error Resume Next Set UserRange = Application.InputBox(Prompt:=MyPrompt, _ Title:=MyTitle, Default:=ActiveCell.Address, Type:=8) If UserRange Is Nothing Then End On Error GoTo 0 'Copy range to Clipboard as picture UserRange.CopyPicture 'Prompt user for range to paste to MyPrompt = "Select the range on which you would like to paste." MyTitle = "User Input Required" On Error Resume Next Set OutputRange = Application.InputBox(Prompt:=MyPrompt, _ Title:=MyTitle, Default:=ActiveCell.Address, Type:=8) If OutputRange Is Nothing Then End On Error GoTo 0 'Paste picture to output range OutputRange.PasteSpecial Selection.Formula = UserRange.Address End Sub
This macro prompts you to specify a range to be copied, it then copies it to the Clipboard as a picture, and prompts you for where to paste it. When pasted, the final line of the macro is the key to making the "photo" dynamic, just as is done manually with the Camera tool. The PasteSpecial command actually pastes the picture, and the pasted picture remains selected. Setting the Formula property for the selection (the picture) results in the dynamic nature of the graphic.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (10521) 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: Using the Camera in VBA.
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