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Table 3-2. Keyboard Shortcuts for Executing Macro Steps in the Visual
Basic Editor
Sequence
Result
F5
Runs the macro code.
F8
Executes the highlighted step in the macro code and moves the
highlight to the next step in the code.
Shift+F8
Skips the highlighted step and moves the highlight to the next step in
the code.
Ctrl+Shift+F8
Stops executing the macro code.
Ctrl+F8
Positions the cursor in the macro code; pressing Ctrl+F8 causes the
editor to run the code until it reaches the cursor.
Shift+F9
Sets a quick watch to follow the value of a selected variable in the
code.
F9
Inserts a breakpoint at the cursor, which will allow the code to exe­
cute to that point but then stop.
Ctrl+Shift+F9
Clears all breakpoints.
Ctrl+F9
Identifies the selected statement as the next statement to execute.
When your macro runs but doesn’t produce the result you’re expecting, it makes the most
sense to have your macro code in one window and your worksheet in another, and to step
through the macro one line at a time using F8. Skipping steps with Shift+F8 lets you bypass
any instructions that you know aren’t operating correctly, and if things aren’t going right at
all and you want to stop before anyone gets hurt, Ctrl+Shift+F8 lets you stop the whole pro€
cess. You don’t undo any of the steps that occurred before you pressed Ctrl+Shift+F8, but you
do prevent any additional code from running.
Caution When you’re running and re-running a macro, don’t forget to undo the changes
the macro made to your worksheet. If you don’t, you won’t see any changes the next time
you run it.
A breakpoint , by contrast, is a set stopping point that lets you run the code up to the
breakpoint. You can continue past the breakpoint by pressing F5. As shown in Figure 3-5, the
Visual Basic Editor indicates the presence of a breakpoint by putting a dot in the vertical bar
at the left edge of the code window, and displaying the code in reverse video.
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