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Mouse Click Event in VBA

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 27, 2018)

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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

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (12514) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Mouse Click Event 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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What is 8 - 2?

2018-01-27 11:30:19

JonM

One way I've used to accomplish this is to use the Worksheet_BeforeRightClick event.

Quick-and-dirty 'air-code' below demonstrates.
This needs to be in a worksheet module.

In this case, checks that right-clicked cell is in Column 6 (or "F").
If it is, then enters "C" into cell and moves selection down one row.

Sub Worksheet_BeforeRightClick(ByVal Target As Range, Cancel As Boolean)

If Target.Cells.Count > 1 Or Target.HasFormula Then Exit Sub

With Application
.EnableEvents = False
.ScreenUpdating = False
End With

Select Case Target.Column '(or address)

Case 6 '(or whatever column, row or cell you need)
If Target = "" Then
Target = "C"
Cells(Target.Row + 1, Target.Column).Select
Cancel = True
Else
Target.ClearContents
Cancel = True
End If

Case Else
Cancel = False

End Select

With Application
.ScreenUpdating = True
.EnableEvents = True
End With

End Sub


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