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XL97: Making the Active Row Bold Using SelectionChange Event

Article ID: 172515

Article Last Modified on 11/23/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q172515


When you work in a Microsoft Excel worksheet, you may want to make the current work item bold to make it easier to read. This article contains a sample Visual Basic for Applications macro that makes the font of the current row bold.


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The example uses the SelectionChange event of the worksheet to change the font of the current row. Each time you make a new selection on the worksheet, the entire row that contains the selection become bold.

NOTE: When you select a range that contains more than one row, only the row containing the active cell becomes bold.

To change the font of the current row by using the sample macro, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new workbook.
  2. Start the Visual Basic Editor (press ALT+F11).
  3. If the Project window is not visible, click Project Explorer on the View menu (or press CTRL+R).
  4. In the Project Explorer, double-click Sheet1.
  5. In the Module window that is opened for Sheet1, click Worksheet in the Object list and SelectionChange in the Procedure list.
  6. In the module for Sheet1, type the following code for the Worksheet SelectionChange Event:

          Dim x as Long
          Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Excel.Range)
              ' Set the row containing the active cell to bold.
              ActiveCell.EntireRow.Font.Bold = True
              ' Check for first execution of the macro and set row value
              ' if it is:
              If x = Empty Then
                  x = ActiveCell.Row
              ' Set previous row property back to normal, or not bold.
              ElseIf Not x = ActiveCell.Row Then
                 Rows(x).EntireRow.Font.Bold = False
              End If
              ' Capture new row value for comparison against next selection.
              x = ActiveCell.Row
          End Sub
  7. Stitch to Microsoft Excel (press ALT+F11).
  8. Select a cell anywhere on Sheet1.

The entire row in which the active cell is located becomes bold. When you select a new cell, the old row changes back to the normal font, and the new row becomes bold.

NOTE: As a result of using the SelectionChange event and the macro assigned to it, you may not be able to use some editing features, for example the Copy command.


For more information about the SelectionChange event, click the Office Assistant in the Visual Basic Editor, type SelectionChange event, click Search, and then click to view "SelectionChange Event."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Microsoft Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component

Additional query words: XL97 Event

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