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Mouse Click Event in VBA

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 26, 2015)


Supriyo asked if there is a mouse event handler in VBA. He wants a value inserted in a cell when that cell is clicked on.

The standard way to do this is with the SelectionChange event. Every time the selection changes in the worksheet, the event is triggered. The event doesn't just trigger when a cell is clicked on, but also if someone presses a cursor control key that results in a different cell being selected.

As an example, let's say that you wanted cell B5 to contain the value 10 whenever that cell is selected. To implement that, you could use the following:

Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
    If Not Intersect(Target, Range("B5")) Is Nothing Then _
      Range("B5").Value = 10
End Sub

This code is added to one of the sheet objects in the Project Explorer area of the VB Editor. Double-click the worksheet you want the event handler to apply to, and then add the macro to the resulting code window.

When the SelectionChange event is triggered, the target (the cell range being selected) is passed to the handler. The macro then checks to see if the target range contains cell B5, and if it does, stuffs the value 10 into cell B5. If you want to make sure that the macro only stuffs information into B5 if only B5 (the single cell) is selected, you can use this version of the macro:

Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
    If Target.Address = Range("B5").Address Then _
      Range("B5").Value = 10
End Sub

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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 4 + 2?

2015-10-26 13:49:40

Michael (Micky) Avidan

@To whom it may concern,

Please check the two Event-Macros:

Private Sub Worksheet_BeforeRightClick(ByVal Target As Range, Cancel As Boolean)
MsgBox "Cell: " & Target.Address & " was a Right Clicked"
End Sub

Private Sub Worksheet_BeforeDoubleClick(ByVal Target As Range, Cancel As Boolean)
MsgBox "Cell: " & Target.Address & " was Double clicked"
End Sub
Michael (Micky) Avidan
“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator
“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2016)

2014-10-07 14:28:40

Bigger Don

Looking at this a little further I found out I was on track. Alan does have some tips that are helpful in understanding how to solve the problem.
* Running Macros in the Background
* Aborting a Macro and Retaining Control
* Pausing Macros for User Input
* Working while a Macro is Running

Here is one method. I have adaptations of this based on different assumptions and style decisions.

The front end is a UserForm (ufmStartPauseResumeStop01) with the following controls
* Command button (btnStart)
* Toggle button (gbPauseResume)
* Check box (cbxStop)

Here's the code:

Userform ufmStartPauseResumeStop01

Private Sub tgbPauseResume_AfterUpdate()
If tgbPauseResume Then
Me.cbxStop.Enabled = True
Me.cbxStop = False
tgbPauseResume.Caption = "Resume"
tgbPauseResume.Caption = "Pause"
End If
End Sub

Private Sub UserForm_Activate()
Me.cbtStart.Enabled = True
Me.tgbPauseResume.Enabled = False
Me.cbxStop.Enabled = False
End Sub

Private Sub UserForm_QueryClose(Cancel As Integer, CloseMode As Integer)
' Prevents use of the Close button if the control macro called by the Start button is running
If Me.tgbPauseResume.Enabled And CloseMode = vbFormControlMenu Then
' An alternative to "Me.tgbPauseResume.visible" would be "Not Me.cbtStart.visible"
MsgBox "Close button disabled during run."
Cancel = True
End If
End Sub


Module Mod_01_Enabled

Option Explicit

' !!! The following Sub is the core of the answer to your question.

End Sub

Private Sub ControlWithFormEvents_Enabled()
' This is the control module
Dim cel As Range
Set cel = ThisWorkbook.Sheets(1).Range("A1")
Do ' Loop runs until the Check Box for stopping the run is clicked on _
See comments in UserForm object module
cel.Value = AddAndDivide(cel)
If ufmStartPauseResumeStop01.tgbPauseResume Then
Loop Until Not ufmStartPauseResumeStop01.tgbPauseResume
End If
Loop Until ufmStartPauseResumeStop01.cbxStop
ufmStartPauseResumeStop01.cbtStart.Enabled = True
ufmStartPauseResumeStop01.tgbPauseResume.Enabled = False
ufmStartPauseResumeStop01.cbxStop = False
ufmStartPauseResumeStop01.cbxStop.Enabled = False
End Sub

Module Mod_CommonSub

Option Explicit

Function AddAndDivide(cel As Range)
If Len(cel.Value) = 0 Then cel.Value = 0
If IsNumeric(cel.Value) Then
If CInt(Left(CStr(cel.Value), 1)) > 2 Then
AddAndDivide = cel.Value / 2
AddAndDivide = cel.Value + 1
End If
End If
End Function

2014-10-07 12:01:50



To flesh out what Don has said you can use a Userform in "modeless" mode, or a command button on a worksheet itself.

To allow a click of a button, your repetitive macro needs to relinquish control to the User during execution in order for Excel to register the mouse click. You do this by including a "DoEvents" command within your repetitive loop (there are other ways as well using the Onkey or Ontime functions).

2014-10-06 13:29:19



I don't have a solution but I do have a thought or two.

I would try to implement a userform with a Pause/Resume toggle button. Clicking the button would change the state of the button (and the caption, of course).

When the code is running and hits the suspend point(s) it checks the state of the button, then continues on or suspends work.

You would also want to use the Click event handler for the button, checking the state change and resuming as appropriate.

Also, Alan has a hint or more on running macros in background mode. You might need to incorporate that information

2014-10-02 03:46:37


Whlie my macro is running a repetitive task in a loop, I hit ESC and get out of it, wherever it is. What I would like is a way to get out only after finishing the complete task (a montecarlo simulation) so that it can be resumed where it was interrupted. Just detecting a keypress or mouse click somewhere that the macro could test at the end of the loop would be great.

I am just a beginner at excel VBA macros, and have been so for ten years.

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