VBA Function To Determine What Is Currently Selected On Spreadsheet

VBA Function To Determine What Is Currently Selected In Excel

What This VBA Macro Does

This VBA function is a handy piece of code that categorizes what is currently selected on the spreadsheet into 4 categories:

  1. Range
  2. Chart
  3. Shape
  4. Other

This is a little more simplistic than what is often done in using the VBA code TypeName(Selection) as the function can output a myriad of different object names. This function categorizes the selection into groups of objects that I typically work on while coding. Enjoy!

Private Function WhatIsSelected() As String
'PURPOSE: Output A High-Level Selection Category Based On Current Selection
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim shp As Shape
Dim cht As ChartObject
Dim rng As Range

  If TypeName(Selection) = "Range" Then
    WhatIsSelected = "Range"
    Exit Function
  End If

  If Not ActiveChart Is Nothing Then
    WhatIsSelected = "Chart"
    Exit Function
  End If

  On Error Resume Next
    Set shp = ActiveSheet.Shapes(Selection.Name)
  On Error GoTo 0
  If Not shp Is Nothing Then
    WhatIsSelected = "Shape"
    Exit Function
  End If
  WhatIsSelected = "Other"

End Function

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