OFF97: Programmatically Activating the Visual Basic Editor

ID: Q165380

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You can programmatically switch to the Microsoft Visual Basic Editor from a Microsoft Office 97 program. This article includes macro examples that switch to Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications.


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In the first two examples, the MainWindow property returns a windows object that represents the main window of the Microsoft Visual Basic environment. The SetFocus method moves the focus to the object that is returned by the MainWindow property.

Microsoft Excel 97

   Sub ShowExcelVBE()
   End Sub

Microsoft Powerpoint 97

   Sub ShowPpntVBE()
   End Sub

Microsoft Word 97

In the following example, the ShowVisualBasicEditor property switches to Microsoft Visual Basic.

   Sub ShowWordVBE()
      Application.ShowVisualBasicEditor = True
   End Sub


For more information about the ShowVisualBasicEditor property, click the Index tab in Microsoft Visual Basic Help, type the following text


and then double-click the selected text to go to the "ShowVisualBasicEditor Property" topic.

Additional query words: activate

Keywords          : kbprg 
Version           : WINDOWS:97
Platform          : WINDOWS
Issue type        : kbhowto

Last Reviewed: May 17, 1999