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.
'PURPOSE: Determine what user has selected on spreadsheet
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."
Real World Example
Here is an example of ensuring a range is selected before filling the cells blue.
'PURPOSE: Format selected cell(s) with the color blue
If TypeName(Selection) = "Range" Then
Selection.Interior.Color = RGB(59, 89, 152)
MsgBox "Please select a range of cells before running this macro!"
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