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: Hiding Excel in VBA.

Hiding Excel in VBA

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 21, 2021)

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Many macros are written to perform a specific, limited task. Other macros are written as part of a larger, overall application designed to be used start-to-finish by a user. For instance, I have seen accounting packages written completely in Excel VBA. The functions of the accounting package are written in VBA, of course. The user of the accounting package never uses "regular Excel," but instead utilizes menus, dialog boxes, and choices presented exclusively by the VBA application.

If you are writing an application in VBA, you may need a way to completely "hide" Excel so that the user never sees it. To do so, you can use this code in a macro:

Application.Visible = False

If your application ends without exiting Excel (such as if an error is encountered), it is important that you set the Visible property to True. If you don't, Excel will remain in memory, but the user will never see it. The user cannot set this property; it must be done under macro control.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (10945) 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: Hiding Excel in VBA.

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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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2021-08-21 10:49:01

SJO

Interesting tip. Question: If you use VBA to completely "hide" Excel so that the user never sees it, what does the user see on screen? How exactly does that work? Does this work as an Excel add-in?


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