Use A Macro To Highlight The Active Cell


June 14, 2021 - by Bill Jelen

Use A Macro To Highlight The Active Cell

Challenge: Microsoft changed the selection highlighting in Excel 2007. If you select 20 cells, Excel highlights those cells in super-ultra-light blue. Imagine if you had 5 gallons of white paint and dropped in one drop of blue paint. That paint would have more color than the new selection color in Excel 2007. You want to highlight the active cell so it’s easier to spot.

Solution: There is a cool event macro that can add a splash of color to the selection and draw crosshairs to help you locate the row and column where the active cell is located. In Figure 141, bright yellow highlight indicates the active cell in D16. Lighter yellow is used to mark column D and Row 16. As you move the cell pointer, the highlights change. Figure 142 shows the crosshairs pattern for B20.

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June 11, 2021 - by Bill Jelen


Access offers a cool feature called Filter to Selection. If you are looking at a data sheet in Access, click the value XYZ in Field22 and click Filter to Selection, Access shows you only the records where Field22 is equal to XYZ. Excel does not offer this feature. Instead, you have to turn on the Filter (known as AutoFilter in Excel 2003 and before) and choose the desired value from the Filter dropdown.

Copy The Personal Macro Workbook To Another Computer

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June 9, 2021 - by Bill Jelen


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June 7, 2021 - by Bill Jelen


You type Jan into a cell, grab the fill handle, and drag down five cells. Excel types Marcia, Cindy, Bobby, Greg, and Peter. No, sorry. Excel types Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun. The fill handle can do all sorts of amazing fills, handling months, quarters, weekdays, dates, and so on. If you set up a custom list, Excel can even extend your list of departments, products, or Brady Bunch kids.

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