BeforeSave Event


New Member
Jun 28, 2019
New to VB scripting. Here's what I'm trying do.
1) Prevent the user from saving the spreadsheet, unless the value within a column range is either "YES" or "NO". I'm providing the user with a default value on each of the cells that they must change. If the user tries to save the spreadsheet without changing the value to either "YES" or "NO", then I would like to display a message and return them to the spreadsheet.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.


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Well-known Member
Apr 11, 2012
Place this macro in the code module for ThisWorkbook. Do the following: Hold down the ALT key and press the F11 key. This will open the Visual Basic Editor. In the left hand pane, double click on "ThisWorkbook". Copy/paste the macro into the empty window that opens up. Change the sheet name and range (in red) to suit your needs. Close the window to return to your sheet.
Private Sub Workbook_BeforeSave(ByVal SaveAsUI As Boolean, Cancel As Boolean)
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    Dim LastRow As Long, rng As Range
    LastRow = Sheets("[COLOR="#FF0000"]Sheet1[/COLOR]").Cells.Find("*", SearchOrder:=xlByRows, SearchDirection:=xlPrevious).Row
    For Each rng In Sheets("[COLOR="#FF0000"]Sheet1").Range("A2:A"[/COLOR] & LastRow)
        If rng <> "YES" And rng <> "NO" Then
            MsgBox ("Cell " & rng.Address(0, 0) & " must be 'YES' or 'NO'.")
            Cancel = True
        End If
    Next rng
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub
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MrExcel MVP
May 26, 2009
Office Version
You can greatly improve your chances of getting a solution if you provide some detail about your workbook.
On what sheet (sheet name) or sheets does the column range you want to monitor exist? What is the exact address of the range?

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