Chapter 13: Introducing UserForms

IN THIS CHAPTER

Creating, showing, and unloading UserForms

Exploring the UserForm controls available to you

Setting the properties of UserForm controls

Controlling UserForms with VBA procedures

Creating a UserForm

Introducing the types of events relevant to UserForms and controls

Customizing your control Toolbox

Going over a handy checklist for creating UserForms

How Excel Handles Custom Dialog Boxes

Excel makes creating custom dialog boxes for your applications relatively easy. In fact, you can duplicate the look and feel of many of Excel's dialog boxes.

Excel developers have always had the ability to create custom dialog boxes for their applications. Beginning with Excel 97, things changed substantially — UserForms replaced the clunky old dialog sheets. UserForms are much easier to work with, and they offer many additional capabilities. Even though UserForms haven't been upgraded over the years, you'll find that this feature works well and is very flexible.

A custom dialog box is created on a UserForm, and you access UserForms in the Visual Basic Editor (VBE).

Following is the typical sequence that you'll follow when you create a UserForm:

1. Insert a new UserForm into your workbook's VB Project.

2. Add controls to the UserForm.

3. Adjust some of the properties of the controls that you added.

4. Write event-handler procedures for the controls.

These procedures, which are located in the code window for the UserForm, are executed ...

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