Determine Height & Width of Selected Cell Range With Excel VBA

VBA Macro Code Determine Measurements of Selected Cells

What This VBA Code Does

When creating dashboards you will want to try your best to keep your spacing even and the sizes of your callouts the same. This means you need to measure your shapes and your cells. Shapes are easy to measure as there are height/width modifiers in Excel's Ribbon UI. However, measuring cells can be a little more taxing.

To solve this, I have developed a VBA macro that can provide you with measurements of your currently selected range of cells. Enjoy! 

VBA Code - Pixels

This first VBA snippet will present you with a message box displaying the height and width of your selection in the measuring unit of pixels.

Sub MeasureSelection_Pixels()
'PURPOSE: Provide Height and Width of Currently Selected Cell Range
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim cell As Range
Dim Width As Long
Dim Height As Long

'Measure Selection Height
  For Each cell In Selection.Cells.Columns(1)
    Height = Height + cell.Height
  Next cell

'Measure Selection Width
  For Each cell In Selection.Cells.Rows(1)
    Width = Width + cell.Width
  Next cell

'Report Results
  MsgBox "Height:  " & Height & "px" & vbCr & "Width:   " _
   & Width & "px", , "Dimensions"

End Sub

VBA Code - Points

This second VBA snippet will present you with a message box displaying the height and width of your selection in the measuring unit of points. This version of the code converts pixels into points by dividing by 72. Points are more practical to use inside Excel because it is the unit of measurement displayed while resizing objects (charts, shapes, etc...).

Sub MeasureSelection_Points()
'PURPOSE: Provide Height and Width of Currently Selected Cell Range
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim cell As Range
Dim Width As Double
Dim Height As Double

'Measure Selection Height
  For Each cell In Selection.Cells.Columns(1)
    Height = Height + cell.Height
  Next cell

'Measure Selection Width
  For Each cell In Selection.Cells.Rows(1)
    Width = Width + cell.Width
  Next cell

'Report Results
  MsgBox "Height:  " & Round(Height / 72, 2) & "pts" & vbCr & "Width:   " _
   & Round(Width / 72, 2) & "pts", , "Dimensions"

End Sub

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Chris
Founder, TheSpreadsheetGuru.com