How To Determine What Is Currently Selected In Excel With VBA

Tell What Is Currently Selected With Excel VBA

What This VBA Code Does

This VBA code snippet will show you how to determine what type of object (ie chart, range, shape, etc...) your user currently has selected on the spreadsheet. This is very helpful when you need to ensure a specific Excel object is active before proceeding on with the rest of your code.

Sub WhatIsSelected()
'PURPOSE: Determine what user has selected on spreadsheet
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim SelectionType As String

'Retrieve the name of the selected object
  SelectionType = TypeName(Selection)

'Report out results
  MsgBox "You currently have a(n) " & Chr(34) & SelectionType _
    & Chr(34) & " selected in your spreadsheet."

End Sub

Real World Example

Here is an example of ensuring a range is selected before filling the cells blue.

Sub BlueFill_Cells()
'PURPOSE: Format selected cell(s) with the color blue

'Test selection
  If TypeName(Selection) = "Range" Then
    Selection.Interior.Color = RGB(59, 89, 152)
  Else
    MsgBox "Please select a range of cells before running this macro!"
  End If

End Sub

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