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Can't Link Edit Box to Worksheet Cell from Control Tab

Article ID: 105110

Article Last Modified on 8/15/2005


  • Microsoft Excel 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 5.0c
  • Microsoft Excel 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 5.0a for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Excel 5.0 for Macintosh

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In Microsoft Excel, although you can establish a link between some types of dialog box controls and a worksheet cell, edit boxes do not have this capability. To allow the value of an edit box to appear in a cell, you must create a Visual Basic procedure.


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The following Visual Basic procedure creates the equivalent of a cell link between an edit box and cell A1 on a worksheet. In order for the procedure to run each time you enter new information in the edit box, the procedure should be assigned to the edit box by choosing Assign Macro from the Tools menu.

Sub EditBox1_Change()
   ' Enter the value contained in the edit box in
   ' cell A1 on Sheet1
   Worksheets("Sheet1").Cells(1, 1).Value = _
      ActiveDialog.EditBoxes("Edit Box 1").Text
End Sub

To assign the macro EditBox1_Change to the edit box, do the following:

  1. Select the sheet tab of the dialog sheet that contains your Edit Box.
  2. On the dialog frame, select the edit box, and choose Assign Macro from the Tools menu.
  3. From the Macro Name/Reference list, select EditBox1_Change and choose OK.

When you run the dialog box, and type text in the edit box and choose OK, the text is entered in cell A1 on Sheet1. The EditBox1_Change procedure sets the value of cell A1 equal to the text property of Edit Box 1.

NOTE: In this example, the name of the edit box is "Edit Box 1" and the name of the worksheet is "Sheet1". This example assumes that the dialog sheet that contains the edit box, the Visual Basic module that contains the EditBox1_Change procedure, and Sheet1 are located in the same workbook.


"Visual Basic User's Guide," version 5.0, Chapter 11, "Linking Controls to Worksheets," and "Assigning Code to Controls and Dialog Boxes"

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