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VBA Set Shape Variable To Selected Shape

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 11/10/17 •  3 min read
VBA Code Snippet for Excel shape variable to selected shape

What This VBA Code Does

The following code will show you how to take the currently selected shape in an Excel spreadsheet and store it in a shape variable. The code can also be used to determine if a Shape object is currently selected.

VBA Code To Store As Shape Variable:

Sub StoreSelectedShape()
'PURPOSE: Show how to store a selected Shape to a Shape Type variable
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim shp As Shape

On Error GoTo ShapeNotSelected
Set shp = ActiveSheet.Shapes(Selection.Name)
On Error GoTo 0

Exit Sub

'ERROR HANDLER
ShapeNotSelected:
  MsgBox "Please select a Shape Object before running this macro"

End Sub

VBA Function To Test If Shape Is Selected:

Function IsShapeSelected()
'PURPOSE: Determine if a shape object is currently selected
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim shp As Shape

On Error GoTo ShapeNotSelected
Set shp = ActiveSheet.Shapes(Selection.Name)
On Error GoTo 0

IsShapeSelected = True

Exit Function

'ERROR HANDLER
ShapeNotSelected:
  IsShapeSelected = False

End Function

Using VBA Code Found On The Internet

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Getting Started Automating Excel

Are you new to VBA and not sure where to begin? Check out my quickstart guide to learning VBA. This article won’t overwhelm you with fancy coding jargon, as it provides you with a simplistic and straightforward approach to the basic things I wish I knew when trying to teach myself how to automate tasks in Excel with VBA Macros.

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Chris Newman

Chris Newman

Chris is a finance professional and Excel MVP recognized by Microsoft since 2016. With his expertise, he founded TheSpreadsheetGuru blog to help fellow Excel users, where he shares his vast creative solutions & expertise. In addition, he has developed over 7 widely-used Excel Add-ins that have been embraced by individuals and companies worldwide.