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Microsoft KB Archive/172832

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Article ID: 172832

Article Last Modified on 11/23/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q172832


When data on a worksheet is changed, a Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Change event macro that you created does not run.


This problem occurs when the following conditions are true:

  • You create a Change event macro that is associated with a worksheet.


  • You paste data in the worksheet from the clipboard instead of typing it.


  • You create a dynamic data exchange (DDE) link from another program to the worksheet.


  • You are using data validation from a list.


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You can create a Visual Basic event macro that runs whenever the data on a worksheet is changed. To use the following example, run the LinkList macro. When your DDE link is updated, the macro LinkChange will automatically run.

Sub LinkList()
   Dim Links As Variant
   ' Obtain an array for the links to Excel workbooks
   ' in the active workbook.
   Links = ActiveWorkbook.LinkSources(xlOLELinks)
   ' If the Links array is not empty, then open each
   ' linked workbook. If the array is empty, then
   ' display an error message.
   If Not IsEmpty(Links) Then
       For I = 1 To Ubound(Links)
           ActiveWorkbook.SetLinkOnData Links(i), "LinkChange"
       Next I
       MsgBox "This workbook does not contain any links " & _
       "to other workbooks"
   End If
End Sub

Sub LinkChange()
   MsgBox "linked"
End Sub


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


For more information about how to use a Change event, click the Index tab in Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Help, type the following text

change event

and then double-click the selected text to go to the "Change Event" topic.

Additional query words: XL97

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