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Lesson 12: Automating Procedures with Workbook Events
automating Procedures with
Workbook events
In Lesson 11, you learned about worksheet-level events and how they are triggered by
actions relating to individual worksheets. Workbooks themselves can also recognize and
respond to a number of events that take place at the workbook level. This lesson describes
how you can further customize your workbooks with VBA procedures for the most
commonly used workbook events.
WorkBook EVEnTs — An oVErViEW
Workbook events occur within a particular workbook. Many workbook events occur because
something happened to an object in the workbook, such as a worksheet — any worksheet —
that was activated, or a cell — any cell — that was changed. Other workbook events occur
because the workbook was imposed upon to do something, such as to open or close, or to be
saved or printed.
Unless the VBA code itself purposely refers to other workbooks, event procedures
at the workbook level affect only the workbook within which the code resides.
Where does the Workbook Event code go?
You saw in Lesson 11 that each individual worksheet has its own module. Workbooks are
similar to worksheets in this respect, because a workbook is also an Excel object, and has its
own module already present and accounted for when the workbook is created.
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