Microsoft KB Archive/106463

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Article ID: 106463

Article Last Modified on 8/15/2005


  • Microsoft Excel 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 5.0c

This article was previously published under Q106463

This article also applies to:

  • Microsoft Excel for Windows 5.0|5.0


When you apply methods or change properties of a worksheet, the target worksheet may need to be activated before the macro can perform the requested action. If the worksheet is not already active, a brief flash will be noticeable on the screen when the sheet is activated.


To resolve the problem explained in this article, add the following line to the beginning of your Visual Basic for Applications macro:

   Application.ScreenUpdating = False


Some methods and properties that are applied to worksheets will cause the worksheet to be briefly activated.

Steps to Reproduce Behavior

  1. From the File menu, choose New, and then choose Workbook.
  2. From the Insert menu, choose Macro, and then choose Module.
  3. In the Visual Basic module, type the following text:

         Sub Protect_Sheet1()
         End Sub
  4. With the Visual Basic module active, choose Macro from the Tools menu. Select Protect_Sheet1 from the list and choose Run.

The following procedures will also briefly activate the worksheet:

   ActiveWorkbook.Sheets("Sheet1").Visible = True

Some methods or properties, such as the one in the following example, may activate the sheet and cause it to remain the active sheet:


Additional query words: 5.00c XL

Keywords: KB106463