by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 10, 2013)
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.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3421) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.
Program Successfully in Excel! John Walkenbach's name is synonymous with excellence in deciphering complex technical topics. With this comprehensive guide, "Mr. Spreadsheet" shows how to maximize your Excel experience using professional spreadsheet application development tips from his own personal bookshelf. Check out Excel 2013 Power Programming with VBA today!
Part of writing macros is to make sure they work as you expect. This involves a process known as debugging. Here's how you ...Discover More
If you are using a macro to process a number of worksheets, you may have a need to know if the worksheet is empty or not. ...Discover More
You can use macros to make your common Excel tasks easier and faster. For instance, if you routinely need to create new ...Discover More
FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."
Got a version of Excel that uses the menu interface (Excel 97, Excel 2000, Excel 2002, or Excel 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Excel, visit our ExcelTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.