by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 2, 2013)
Mike had a problem where he knew that there were objects hidden within his workbook and he wanted to find them all. It seems he wrote a macro that hid some objects, but then did not unhide them.
If you want to simply find out the names of the objects in a worksheet, the following macro will do so very nicely. It shows not only the name, but also the type of object.
Sub ListObjects() Dim objCount As Integer Dim x As Integer Dim objList As String Dim objPlural As String Dim objType(17) As String 'Set types for different objects objType(1) = "Autoshape" objType(2) = "Callout" objType(3) = "Chart" objType(4) = "Comment" objType(7) = "EmbeddedOLEObject" objType(8) = "FormControl" objType(5) = "Freeform" objType(6) = "Group" objType(9) = "Line" objType(10) = "LinkedOLEObject" objType(11) = "LinkedPicture" objType(12) = "OLEControlObject" objType(13) = "Picture" objType(14) = "Placeholder" objType(15) = "TextEffect" objType(17) = "TextBox" objList = "" 'Get the number of objects objCount = ActiveSheet.Shapes.Count If objCount = 0 Then objList = "There are no shapes on " & _ ActiveSheet.Name Else objPlural = IIf(objCount = 1, "", "s") objList = "There are " & Format(objCount, "0") _ & " Shape" & objPlural & " on " & _ ActiveSheet.Name & vbCrLf & vbCrLf For x = 1 To objCount objList = objList & ActiveSheet.Shapes(x).Name & _ " is a " & objType(ActiveSheet.Shapes(x).Type) _ & vbCrLf Next x End If MsgBox (objList) End Sub
This macro returns the names and types of all objects in the worksheet. Another approach, however, is to display all the object names and then, if the object is hidden, ask if you want it unhidden. The following macro does just that:
Sub ShowEachShape1() Dim sObject As Shape Dim sMsg As String For Each sObject In ActiveSheet.Shapes sMsg = "Found " & IIf(sObject.Visible, _ "visible", "hidden") & " object " & _ vbNewLine & sObject.Name If sObject.Visible = False Then If MsgBox(sMsg & vbNewLine & "Unhide ?", _ vbYesNo) = vbYes Then sObject.Visible = True End If Else MsgBox sMsg End If Next End Sub
If you want the macro to only work on hidden objects and ignore those that are visible, then you can modify the macro to the following:
Sub ShowEachShape2() Dim sObject As Shape Dim sMsg As String For Each sObject In ActiveSheet.Shapes If sObject.Visible = False Then sMsg = "Object & sObject.Name & _ " is hidden. Unhide it?" If MsgBox(sMsg, vbYesNo) = vbYes Then sObject.Visible = True End If End If Next End Sub
To simply make all the objects visible in one step, you can shorten the macro even more:
Sub ShowEachShape3() Dim sObject As Shape For Each sObject In ActiveSheet.Shapes sObject.Visible = True Next End Sub
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