Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Generating a List of Macros.

Generating a List of Macros

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 1, 2018)


Once you start writing Excel macros, it is easy to get quite a few of them in a workbook. At some point you may want to generate a list of macros in your workbook. There is no intrinsic way within Excel to create a list of macros. You can, however, create a macro that will list your macros. (Sort of sounds redundant, doesn't it?)

As an example, consider the following macro, which steps through all the projects in your workbook to garner all the macro names and place them in a worksheet:

Sub ListMacros()
    Dim VBComp As VBComponent
    Dim VBCodeMod As CodeModule
    Dim oListsheet As Object
    Dim StartLine As Long
    Dim ProcName As String
    Dim iCount As Integer

    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    On Error Resume Next
    Set oListsheet = ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets.Add
    iCount = 1
    oListsheet.[a1] = "Macro"

    For Each VBComp In ThisWorkbook.VBProject.VBComponents
        Set VBCodeMod = ThisWorkbook.VBProject.VBComponents(VBComp.Name).CodeModule
        With VBCodeMod
            StartLine = .CountOfDeclarationLines + 1
            Do Until StartLine >= .CountOfLines
                oListsheet.[a1].Offset(iCount, 0).Value = _
                  .ProcOfLine(StartLine, vbext_pk_Proc)
                iCount = iCount + 1

                StartLine = StartLine + _
                  .ProcCountLines(.ProcOfLine(StartLine, _
                   vbext_pk_Proc), vbext_pk_Proc)
        End With
        Set VBCodeMod = Nothing
    Next VBComp

    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

In order to use this macro, you must make sure you have the Microsoft VBA extensibility reference set. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. In the VBA Editor, choose References from the Tools menu. The References dialog box is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The References dialog box.

    ***Insert Figure X –
  3. Scroll through the list of Available References and make sure the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Extensibility check box is selected.
  4. Close the dialog box.

When you run the macro, it adds a new worksheet to your workbook, and then lists the names of all the macros in all the modules in the workbook.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2715) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Generating a List of Macros.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is 1 + 5?

2017-02-23 20:44:33

Jim Percy

My List Macros macro gives many"Worksheet_Selectionchange" lines ?
Otherwise seems OK
Jim Percy

2016-11-19 03:07:10


Thanks -
I ran the sub in personal.xlsb in excel 2007 and it hung - ?

2016-09-25 14:40:33

George Corbett

I wanted to thank you very much for your excellent software which lists all macros in an Excel Workbook.

I have been looking for some software to last all macros for quite a while. Yours is the only one which worked,
and it worked the first time out!

I do not understand all that is going on, but it makes no difference as I can now properly document my projects.

Thanks again for a great piece of software.

George Corbett

2015-06-03 16:45:25


GREAT tip...just what I have been looking for to see all macro names. I have over 200 macros and people are wanting some of's so easy for them to get out of hand. Now I can go in and organize them.
Thank you

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