How to Program Pop-Up Windows in Excel

by Jim Campbell

Microsoft Excel software lets you create spreadsheets for your business or personal records. Excel has an internal programming language called Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). You use this language to create interactive programs with your spreadsheets, including dialog pop-up boxes. Pop-up boxes are used to send alerts to you or to display information after you save or create new data in the spreadsheet.

1

Double-click your Excel spreadsheet to open it on your desktop and load the Excel software at the same time. In the Visual Basic Editor ribbon, click "Insert." Select "UserForm."

2

Double-click the new form created on the Excel spreadsheet. This opens the code view where you program the dialog box interaction and text.

3

Type the following code into the opened code viewer: Userform1.Text = "Alert for the User" Replace "Alert for the User" with your own text you want to display on the spreadsheet.

4

Write the code to open the dialog box. After the text is defined for the pop-up, you must show the window to the user. Enter the following code to complete the pop-up setup: UserForm1.Show

5

Click the "Save" button to save your settings. In the Visual Basic Editor ribbon, click "Run" to test your new code.

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About the Author

Jim Campbell has been a computer engineer for over five years. He excels in hardware repair, computer programming and troubleshooting, and software design. He is currently attending Florida Atlantic University, pursuing a master's degree in computer and electrical engineering and fine-tuning his technical writing abilities.

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