Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Setting Program Window Size in a Macro.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 2, 2015)
Christopher needs, within a macro, to set the size of the Excel program window. He knows how to set the size of a worksheet within the program window, but that isn't what he needs. He wonders how he can set the overall size of the program window, plus make sure that he doesn't set it larger than the user's actual screen size.
This can be done rather easily if one knows which objects and properties to use in your macro. The object you want to use is the Application object, which refers to the Excel application. Here are the pertinent properties:
With these in mind, you could set the position and size of the program window in this manner:
Sub SetWindowSize1() Application.WindowState = xlNormal Application.Top = 25 Application.Left = 25 Application.Width = 300 Application.Height = 200 End Sub
This macro specifies the upper-left corner of the program window to be 25 pixels from the top of the screen and 25 pixels from the left of the screen. Then, the program window is set to be 300 pixels wide and 200 pixels tall. Note, as well, the setting of the WindowState property at the first of the macro. This sets the window to be in a "normal" state, meaning one that can be resized to something larger than minimized and smaller than maximized. (If you want the Excel program window to take their entire screen, simply set the WindowState property to xlMaximized and forget the rest of the settings in the macro.)
Of course, this macro sets the Excel program window to be rather small. In all likelihood you'll want it to be larger, but you don't want it to be larger than the size of the user's screen. The easiest way to figure out the size of the user's screen is to simply maximize the Excel application window and then look at the Width and Height properties. You can then adjust those figures based on where you want the upper-left corner of the screen to be and then adjust accordingly.
As an example, let's say that you want the program window to start at 25, 50 and you want it to be 1000 x 500. You could use code similar to the following:
Sub SetWindowSize2() Dim iMaxWidth As Integer Dim iMaxHeight As Integer Dim iStartX As Integer Dim iStartY As Integer Dim iDesiredWidth As Integer Dim iDesiredHeight As Integer iStartX = 50 ' Distance from left iStartY = 25 ' Distance from top iDesiredWidth = 1000 iDesiredHeight = 500 With Application .WindowState = xlMaximized iMaxWidth = Application.Width iMaxHeight = Application.Height ' Adjust for starting point iMaxWidth = iMaxWidth - iStartX iMaxHeight = iMaxHeight - iStartY If iDesiredWidth > iMaxWidth Then iDesiredWidth = iMaxWidth End If If iDesiredHeight > iMaxHeight Then iDesiredHeight = iMaxHeight End If .WindowState = xlNormal .Top = iStartY .Left = iStartX .Width = iDesiredWidth .Height = iDesiredHeight End With End Sub
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (10939) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Setting Program Window Size in a Macro.
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