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VBA Code To Hide All Shapes Within A Chart Object

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 10/21/21 •  4 min read
VBA code snippet to hide all shapes within a chart object

What This VBA Code Does

If you are trying to hide all shapes in a worksheet, yet some of those shapes are embedded inside a Chart, you’ll notice that they will not be considered in a generic looping of all shapes on the sheet. This is because you have to target the chart first before you can get to the embedded shapes.

The following snippets of code will show you how you can target shapes within a ChartObject.

Target ActiveChart

This first VBA macro code will loop through each shape in the currently selected chart and turn the Visible property equal to False (making it invisible).

Sub HideChartShapes()
'PURPOSE: 'Hide All Shapes within the ActiveChart
'SOURCE: www.thespreadsheetguru.com/the-code-vault
 
Dim shp As Shape
 
For Each shp In ActiveChart.Shapes
  shp.Visible = False
Next shp
 
End Sub

Target Chart By Name

If you have a specific Chart name that you wish to hone in on, you can use the following VBA code to do so.

Sub HideChartShapes()
'PURPOSE: 'Hide all Shapes within a specific Chart
'SOURCE: www.thespreadsheetguru.com/the-code-vault
 
Dim cht As ChartObject
 
Set cht = ActiveSheet.ChartObjects("Chart 1")
 
For Each shp In cht.Chart.Shapes
  shp.Visible = False
Next shp
 
End Sub

Target All Charts On ActiveSheet

If you would like to loop through all charts on the ActiveSheet and hide the objects, you can use the below VBA code to do so.

Sub HideAllChartShapes()
'PURPOSE: 'Hide All Shapes within All Charts
'SOURCE: www.thespreadsheetguru.com/the-code-vault
 
Dim cht As ChartObject
Dim shp As Shape
 
'Unhide Objects within Chart Objects
  For Each cht In ActiveSheet.ChartObjects
    For Each shp In cht.Chart.Shapes
      shp.Visible = False
    Next shp
  Next cht
 
End Sub

Using VBA Code Found On The Internet

Now that you’ve found some VBA code that could potentially solve your Excel automation problem, what do you do with it? If you don’t necessarily want to learn how to code VBA and are just looking for the fastest way to implement this code into your spreadsheet, I wrote an article (with video) that explains how to get the VBA code you’ve found running on your spreadsheet.

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.

Also, if you haven’t checked out Excel’s latest automation feature called Power Query, I have put together a beginner’s guide for automating with Excel’s Power Query feature as well! This little-known built-in Excel feature allows you to merge and clean data automatically with little to no coding!

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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.