Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 12: Custom Dialog Box Alternatives
12
Custom Dialog Box
Alternatives
In This Chapter
Using an input box to get user input
Using a message box to display messages or get a simple response
Selecting a file from a dialog box
Selecting a directory
Displaying Excel’s built-in dialog boxes
Before You Create That UserForm . . .
Dialog boxes are, perhaps, the most important user interface element in Windows programs.
Virtually every Windows program uses them, and most users have a good understanding of how
they work. Excel developers implement custom dialog boxes by creating UserForms. However, VBA
provides the means to display some built-in dialog boxes, with minimal programming required.
Before I get into the nitty-gritty of creating UserForms (beginning with Chapter 13), you might
find it helpful to understand some of Excel’s built-in tools that display dialog boxes. The sections
that follow describe various dialog boxes that you can display without creating a UserForm.
Using an Input Box
An input box is a simple dialog box that allows the user to make a single entry. For example, you
can use an input box to let the user enter text or a number or even select a range. You can
generate an InputBox in two ways: by using a VBA function and by using a method of the
Application object.
 
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