Determining Mouse Cursor Coordinates On a Graphic

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 10, 2013)

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Gerald notes that when moving the mouse over a picture on a worksheet the mouse pointer is a cross. He wants to know how he can determine, using VBA, the coordinates of the cross when the mouse is clicked.

Excel doesn't allow you (even with VBA) to get the coordinates of the mouse pointer on a graphic inserted as a regular picture in the worksheet. If you insert the picture using an Image object in the Control toolbox, you have quite a bit more latitude. Indeed, you can use the MouseDown event handler to determine the coordinates, as shown here:

Private Sub Image1_MouseDown(ByVal Button As Integer, _
  ByVal Shift As Integer, ByVal X As Single, _
  ByVal Y As Single)
    MsgBox X & ", " & Y
End Sub

This code assumes that the image is named Image1. Similar code could be used to display the cursor coordinates in real time on the status bar:

Private Sub Image1_MouseMove(ByVal Button As Integer, _
  ByVal Shift As Integer, ByVal X As Single, _
  ByVal Y As Single)
    Application.StatusBar = Round(X, 0) & "," & Round(Y, 0)
End Sub

Either (or both) of these event handlers are obviously associated with Image1, so they need to be added to the code window for that object.

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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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2016-11-28 13:14:33

Peter

Thanks! This was informative.

Is it possible to use these coordinates to draw on the image itself? Like a density diagram.
I would like to draw dots on the selected location and keep the x ,y coordinate as part of a database.


Thanks again!


2016-04-13 08:11:37

Nader

Helped a lot! Thank you.


2014-12-22 15:36:19

Phil

This was very helpful and prompted me to try something.

I have a sequence of JPGs and use command buttons to advance/reverse through them one at a time. Those work, but when I click on the image to call the Image1_MouseDown SUB and display the X and Y coordinates in separate textboxes on the same form, the advance/reverse no longer functions.

I must be missing something obvious. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


2014-12-03 17:12:36

Brian

This works very well as long as the image is not too large. I haven't been able to figure out the maximum size, but it is around 12 mega pixels. Unfortunately for me, I want 11 x 17 at 300 dpi image. It doesn't work.

I have tried to find a work around, but the only work around I have found is decreasing the resolution which is not ideal.


2014-05-27 13:53:53

Davi

Hello,

I'm getting the coordinates of the mouse with my VBA macro.

But all the coordinates are integers. Is there any way I can get more accuracy?

I'm needing at least 3 three decimal places...

Thank you!!


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