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VBA: How To Delete a Sub Procedure After It Runs Once

Article ID: 172109

Article Last Modified on 11/23/2006


  • Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications 5.0
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q172109


This article demonstrates how to programmatically delete a Visual Basic for Applications procedure after you run it one time.


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The following sample macro (Sub procedure) displays a message box and then deletes the current Visual Basic module. Although the steps to create the sample macro are written for Microsoft Excel, the code can be used in other programs that support the Visual Basic for Applications programming language and the Visual Basic Editor.

NOTE: Because the macro in this example deletes the module that contains it, store procedures that you want to keep in a separate module.

  1. Start Microsoft Excel, and then create a new workbook.
  2. Press ALT+F11 to start the Visual Basic Editor.
  3. If the Properties window is not visible, click Properties on the View menu (or press F4).
  4. If the Project Explorer window is not visible, click Project Explorer on the View menu.
  5. On the Insert menu, click Module.
  6. In the Properties window, change the (Name) property of the module to TestModule.
  7. Type the following code into the module:

          Sub DeleteAfterRun()
             Dim x As Object
             ' This is the code that I want to run once.
             MsgBox "Hello, World!"
             Set x = Application.VBE.ActiveVBProject.VBComponents
             ' Delete the current module.
             x.Remove VBComponent:=x.Item("TestModule")
          End Sub
  8. Press ALT+F11 to switch to Microsoft Excel.
  9. Run the DeleteAfterRun macro, and then press ALT+F11 to switch to the Visual Basic Editor.

    The TestModule module has been deleted.


For more information about controlling the Visual Basic Editor programmatically, click the Office Assistant while in the Visual Basic Editor, type vbe, click Search, and then click to view "VBE Property."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If the Assistant is not able to answer your query, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

176476 OFF: Office Assistant Not Answering Visual Basic Questions

For more information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications

Additional query words: XL97 8.0

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