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VBA – Dialog Box

This article will demonstrate how to use Dialog Boxes in VBA.

Dialog Boxes are used to return information to the user.  The most common dialog box that is used is the Message Box, but we can also use the Input Box.

Message Box

Syntax

The syntax of the Message Box is as follows:

MsgBoxSyntax

Argument

Explanation
Prompt

Message returned to the user – required

Buttons

Visual Basic buttons – defaults to OK if omitted

Title

Title of Message box – optional

HelpFile

Helpfile – optional
Context

Context – optional

Simple Message Box

A simple message box just requires the prompt – the message you are returning to your user.  The OK button will automatically be displayed.

Sub SimpleBox ()
 MsgBox "Hello everybody!"
End Sub

MsgBoxSImple

YesNo Message Box

Adding in buttons can make you message box more flexible.

We can select the type of box from a drop down list of VB constants.

MsgBox Constants

Sub MessageBox ()
 Dim Result As Integer
 Result = MsgBox("Are you sure you want to do that?", vbYesNo)
 If Result = vbYes Then
   MsgBox ("You do want to do that")
 Else
   MsgBox ("You do not want to do that")
 End If
End Sub

MsgBoxYesNo

As well as the Yes/No button, we can icons to display in our message box to indicate to the user what type of message is being displayed.

MsgBox Question

Sub MessageBox ()
  Dim Result As Integer
  Result = MsgBox("Are you sure you want to do that?", vbYesNo + vbQuestion)
  If Result = vbYes Then
    MsgBox "You do want to do that", vbInformation
  Else
    MsgBox "You do not want to do that", vbCritical
  End If
End Sub

NOTE: if you do not select a button constant, but do select an information constant, you need to omit the brackets from around the message box arguments.

MsgBox Info

Adding a Title

We can also fill in the title argument.

Sub MessageBox ()
  Dim Result As Integer
  Result = MsgBox("Are you sure you want to do that?", vbYesNo + vbQuestion, "LET'S DO SOMETHING!")
  If Result = vbYes Then
    MsgBox "You do want to do that", vbInformation, "YES PLEASE"
  Else
    MsgBox "You do not want to do that", vbCritical, "NO THANKS"
  End If
End Sub

MsgBox Title

For a more detailed article about Message Boxes, click here.

Input Box

An input box is a Dialog Box that asks the user a question, and returns a result.

Sub TestInputBox ()
  Dim Result As String
  Result = InputBox("What do you want to do?", "LET'S DO SOMETHING", "Enter your input text HERE")
  MsgBox Result
End Sub

MsgBox InputBox

For a more detailed article about Input Boxes, click here.

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