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Vba: Using Sendkeys To Print The Screen

I would like to emulate hitting the Alt+Ctrl+"Print Screen" button on the keyboard with the following code. I know there are some restrictions around using the PrintScreen with the SendKeys, but I'm hoping I can still figure out how to make this work.

Following is the first part of a larger macro I've set up. If I can just get this to work, that would be perfect.


Sub PrintTheScreen()
Application.SendKeys "^%" & "PRTSC"
End Sub



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I added a print button to my userform


Private Sub btn1_Click()
End Sub

This prints out the userform as I would like, however it autoprints to the default printer and doesn't allow any printing options so I can't select to "print to one page". So as of now it is only printing out half my form and cutting off the rest.

Any suggestions?

Hey guys,

I'm trying to write a macro which prints to PDF and saves the file name as the contents of a cell. I've been looking through all the posts currently on this forum to get something working. I'm using the following code -

Sub PrintPDF()
Filename = "C:\Documents and Settings\samb\My Documents\" & ActiveSheet.Range("Z1").Value
SendKeys Filename & "{ENTER}", False
ActiveWindow.SelectedSheets.PrintOut Copies:=1, ActivePrinter:= _
"Adobe PDF:", Collate:=True
End Sub

The macro prints to PDF, but then it stops at the Save As stage, where I have to manually enter the name of the file and click Save. I want the macro to automatically name the file with the contents of cell Z1. I then want it to then automatically press enter. Any ideas where I'm going wrong? Any help would be much appreciated!

Hello everyone!!!!

Here is my situation. I have been trying to learn macros but have not made one yet. Need your help. Here at work, I have some incompentant computer workers who claim they KNOW MS sooo well and have certificates etc... *COUGH COUGH* ya ok... LMAO

We have a "shared" work book we all work in. It's nothing fancy, just use it as a PO Book but since it is shared some people continue to not save before they add in more work so that they see a "refreshed" copy of the workbook before they start writing in cells that already contain information.

How to I create a macro button at the top of the page that is literally a SAVE button.. instead of them saving by going to File - Save or cntrl+s ??? I just thought that MAYBE having a big button in their face will remind them.

Secondly as back up I was wondering if you can create a macro to do a refresh of everyones screens automatically - say every 2 or 5 mins??? I don't mean a save... but a refresh so the screen actually updates in front of you. (although I will keep this little piece of magic out of their knowledge so they don't rely on it, just though it would be a secondary back up to helping eliminate these mishaps cause we are loosing alot of information by people saving overtop of other peoples work and not caring.)

Thanks so much!!!!! Muchly appriciated.

Hi all.

I have set up a workbook that is sent out to lots of different users. They each keep and use their own copy.

I have set it up so that everything looks OK and is visible on MY screen, but I'm conscious that some users may have different screen sizes, different toolbars set up, and so on, which might make some parts not immediately visible to them.

I have set up an auto-execute macro which automatically sets the zoom factor to best fit, for several of the worksheets, and this works fine.
Here's the code that does it.

 ActiveWindow.Zoom = True

By repeating this code for each worksheet, I can make each one be zoomed just right.

However, the file contains 8 sheets that are all identically laid out, except the number of rows is different.
What I want to do is go to the worksheet that has the largest number of rows (it's always the same worksheet, so I know which one it is), set the zoom factor for THAT worksheet (which I can do, and it always has the same number of rows), and then take THAT zoom factor, whatever it is - and it will vary depending on the user - and apply that to the other worksheets that have a similar layout.

I could just go through each worksheet and zoom it automatically, but that would mean that some of the sheets looked very large, others very small, and I'd like them to have a consistent appearance.
I could also specify a range on each worksheet that was similar to the appropriate range on the longest worksheet, and zoom that automatically, but that's not ideal either, because some of the row heights vary from sheet to sheet, and again I'll end up with different font sizes.

Anyone know how to do this ?

I'm trying to use VBA to go to a website that requires a User Name, Password, and a Submit Button.

So far I can get everything to work besides the Submit part. The code runs without errors, but doesn't actually "hit" the submit button on the webpage.

For posting, I removed my actual user name and password and and used the generic " User Name " and " Password " highlighted in blue.

I highlighted another section in green that I took from a previous post hoping it would solve my problem. The link is: /

Here is the code I am using:

Sub GoToWebSiteAndPlayAroundNew()

Dim appIE As Object ' InternetExplorer.Application
Dim URL As String

Set appIE = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
URL = " / "

With appIE
.navigate URL
.Visible = True

Do While .busy: DoEvents: Loop
Do While .ReadyState 4: DoEvents: Loop

.document.getelementbyid("fUserName").Value = " UserName "
.document.getelementbyid("fPassword").Value = " Password "

End With

On Error Resume Next
x = 0
For Each mitem In IE.document.all
mitem.Value = "x"
x = x + 1

x = 0
For Each mitem In IE.document.all
If x = "Submit" Then
Exit For
End If


End Sub

Is it possible to share a workbook with macros and have the macros work properly. I have one spreadsheet that needs to be shared by many users. We want to all be in the same document at the same time saving changes. The real catch is that the workbook has macros. I used the 'Share Workbook' function under tools. At the end of the setup, it told me that the macros would not work properly. The odd thing is that everytime I try to click on one of the macros I get an error, but yet the macro still performs the function. So essentially the macro works, it is just a pain because you have to click 'end' everytime on the error screen. Any suggestions?


Thought I'd append my experience of the above problem - you can find all sorts of references to it everywhere.

My problem was that a userform defined with Excel at work (containing DT pickers) gave the message in the title when opening it at home. I had a light-bulb moment and wondered whether there was a difference in the version numbers for MSCOMCT2.OCX at work and at home. Turned out the work version was newer. I then copied the MSCOMCT2.* files from work, made a backup of them at home and copied those from work to my C-drive (Windows XP - c:\windows\system32\ ).

No luck. I then rebooted the machine - still no luck.
Then, finally I unregistered the old DLL via

regsvr32 /u c:\windows\system32\MSCOMCT2.OCX

(not sure if this was necessary, but I didn't think it could hurt). Reregistered the DLL via

regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\MSCOMCT2.OCX

and what do you know - it worked.

Summa summarum - it could be an idea to check whether the two machines have different version numbers for the MSCOMCT2.OCX files.

Hi All,

I got the below macro which uses IE and open the URLs. I want to create a userform with listbox with radio button and commandbutton on the same which will help me to connect to each url when I select the same in listbox and click on the commandbutton.

Sub DoBrowse1()
 Dim ie As Object
 Set ie = CreateObject("Internetexplorer.Application")
 ie.Visible = True
 ie.Navigate ""
End Sub

Any suggestions..


i've got the following problem:

I want users to double-click on a row on a protected sheet and then do some code based on the row-number of the clicked cell. I've protected the sheet because it contains a lot of formula's.

When a user double-clicks a row it triggers the code through the Workbook_SheetBeforeDoubleClick event.
After the code is executed Excel shows a message that the cell that was clicked was protected etc etc.

How can I prevent this message from popping up?

I've already tried

application.displaywarnings = false

but that didn't work


I have a sheet with a list of names on and I've noticed that when I use ctrl+F to use the find function, even when I know i have entered the correct name it still will not work. I have identifed times when I know the name is there on the sheet, but the find function says "Excel cannot find the data you are searching for"

Im unable to put any pics up as my work pc has java disable so photobucket ect won't work but has anyone else come across this problem and how did you rectify it? A search macro perhaps?


This is a very basic question, but i have been struggling for hours, so I must ask.

I I trying to simply fill a combobox on a userform from a named range on a sheet, I want to populate the combobox as soon as the userform starts. (I launch the userform from a button on the sheet) Where must I place the code? and will this code work?

Sub Button1_Click()
Set UserForm1.combobox1.List = Sheets("Sheet1").Range("MyRange")
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I am very new to vba, so please excuse my ignorance,
any help would be greatly appreciated


Hi Excel experts,
I am working on a worksheet, and would like to have an entire row transferred to another worksheet based upon a certain cell's value.

Having searched through the many solved threads on this site, I attempted to customize some of the code to my worksheet. Not being proficient in Macro/VBA, I failed. I figured I would ask for help, and see if anyone can provide what I am looking for.

Basically, I am attempting to construct a "work in process" file, and would like all completed work to be deleted from the work in process sheet, and transferred to a sheet that contains a running list of all work completed.

Attached is an example of what I am working on. I would like Column Q (Status) to determine if a row can be moved to a sheet that contains the list of all work completed, and eliminated from the original sheet. Once Status is updated to "Complete", it would be helpful to be able to run a macro/click a button that would perform the transfer.

Can anyone assist?


If you change Excel to Full Screen View and your taskbar is always on top (as
it normally is), the bottom of the spreadsheet is hidden behind the taskbar.
Does anyone know how to get around this without hiding the taskbar? I have
found that if I drag the taskbar to the bottom and then back up again, the
Excel window resizes itself correctly and the bottom of the spreadsheet is
visible again. Problem is, I want to do this from VBA! Can anyone help

Hi all,

I have written some code that when a button is selected will Refresh a Data Query Table and all of it's information. However, I seem to be getting issues, can some one point me in the right direction with the code?


.Sheets("Sheet 1").ListObject.QueryTable.Refresh BackgroundQuery:=False

When I recorded myslef doing this process it looked like this:


Sheets("Sheet 1").Select
Selection.ListObject.QueryTable.Refresh BackgroundQuery:=False

Many thanks!

Hey there,

I have been tasked with introducing userforms into an excel sheet and tbh I'm quite amazed that excel has this capability of adding userforms to excel sheets.

Anyway, I have 2 columns of data in an excel sheet and I wish to add this to a userform so that the userform displays the 2 columns beside each other with headings, like a table. The user should then be able to select a particular row and insert it into the specified cell.

I would also like the user to select a row on the table and then be able to bring up another table depending on the row selected...basically so that the user can draw deeper into the information that they require.

I have an example excel sheet where I have 2 sheets. One sheet is the user entry sheet called User Entry Screen. the next sheet is the tables sheet where my tables are held. Once the user selects the cell shown in the example sheet, it should then bring up the user form. the user then, depending on which item clicked, then gets shown the next window with a table and info on it. then user should then be able to select an item and the cells on the user entry screen would then get populated.

Personally I think this is a really tricky challenge and any help with doing this would be extremely appreciated.

I'll post up further comments as I am trying to work my way through it!



I run a small business. I want to start keeping track of inventory using a barcode system.

I know Excel "ok", but I don't know programming.'

I'd like to be able to do something very simple (for now)...

For example...if I had PRODUCT / CODE / INV VALUE

A - CODE A - 5
B - CODE B - 11
C - CODE C - 14

I would want to be able to click a button (or scan a code for) : ADD +1 or REMOVE -1

...then scan the barcode on the product (A) and have it add or remove one, respectively. So, if the row for A is:

A - CODE A - 5

I choose "ADD" (with a button or scan code), then scan the barcode, and the spreadsheet automatically finds the code in the sheet, and changes the corresponding inventory value:

A - CODE A - 6

Does that make sense? How might I go about doing that?

I'm trying to open a pdf file from within excel vba. I have tried using the followhyperlink method but adobe acrobat opens very briefly then immediately closes Code:

Sub OpenPDF()
'Dim pdf As String
 On Error Resume Next
 'pdf file to open
 pdf = "K:\PDF\mypdf.pdf"
 'open the pdf file
 ActiveWorkbook.FollowHyperlink pdf
End Sub

So then I tried to create an instance of acrobat by setting a reference to the acrobat object but I can't get this to work either!

The code I'm using is Code:

Sub OpenPDF()
 Dim pdf As AcroPDDoc
 Dim strPDF As String
 Set pdf = CreateObject("AcroExch.PDDoc")
 'pdf file to open
 strPDF = "K:\PDF\mypdf.pdf"
 'open the pdf file
 pdf.Open strPDF
End Sub

Any ideas what could be wrong with either approach?


I'm having a problem in a workbook with several ActiveX command buttons. I had been using the form control buttons to run macros, but the boss wanted each button to have it's own, different color. So I removed the form control buttons and created new ActiveX command buttons. I got into the button properties and set the background colors. I added the _Click code to run the macros when the user clicked the buttons.

All of the buttons were working fine. Then I saved and closed the workbook and went to lunch. Now when I open the workbook, the buttons don't work! When I click them nothing happens. They appear frozen. They don't even seem to click. No error message. Nothing.

If I right-click the button in Design Mode and select Properties, I get sheet properties not the button properties. I can't seem to locate the command button properties any longer. I still see the button name "cmdButtonGetInfo" and "=EMBED("Forms.CommandButton.1","") in the name box and formula bar. The odd thing is if I create a new button it works fine until I save and close the file. When I reopen the file none of the buttons work.

It's like the buttons are being disabled when I close or open the file. Any suggestions?

Hi there,

I have a piece of code called ConvertDates that formats data contained on 6 worksheets. The 6 data sheets all contain a data connection to a website of foreign exchange tables.

What I want is for my code to execute as soon as the data connection refresh has finished.

When I use the statement


Application.Run "Project1.xlsm!ConvertDates"

The code executes the macro whilst the refresh is still happening, thereby screwing up my results. I don't really want to use a timed wait, because the refresh speed is going to vary from user to user.

Is there some way I can tell excel to wait till the refresh has finished and then execute the code?

Any help would be hugely appreciated.

Using VBA, I am trying to retrieve the contents of the Source of a web page (the same as would appear if you right-clicked on the page and chose "View Source") into a variable so I can work on it in VBA (using InStr, etc.).

The problem is I can use code such as
strHTMLText = ie.Document.body.innerText
strHTMLText = ie.Document.body.outerText
to retrieve the code, but in either case only part, not all, of the source code is captured. I need ALL the code. Is there some kind of code such as ie.Document.body.allText or similar that would perform this function?

Much obliged!

Even though I have used Page Layout to set my margins at .3 left and right, I cannot make my columns as wide as they need to be because the spreadsheet continues to print with one inch margins. I am on a deadline -- Help!

I am trying to get my macro to do this on open. Check if a1 is empty, if its empty run another macro (which is an input box to put something IN a1), but if A1 has something in it, DO NOTHING.

I keep getting errors, saying I'm not formulating my if statements correctly.

This is what I have:

Private Sub Workbook_Open()
If Range("a1") = "" Then macrox
else do nothing
End If
End Sub

Hi All,

I have the below code which deletes all items from a listbox and my excel sheet which is the source for populating that listbox. I am using a option button style for my listbox and the selection style as single .i.e. you can select only one item at one go in the lisbox. I want my macro to delete the selected item from my worksheet .i.e. it's entire row so that it doesn't reflect in my lisbox any more. Below is my code :


Private Sub CommandButton2_Click()
 Dim I As Long
 With ListBox1
 For I = .ListCount - 1 To 0 Step -1
 If .Selected(I) Then
 .RemoveItem I
 Sheets("URL List").Rows(I + 2).EntireRow.Delete
 End If
 Next I
End With
End Sub

Thanks a lot for your help in advance.

I am trying to figure out how to write a formula to figure out production cycle time.
We will be building 8 "widgets" a day.
We will work 10 hours a day.
There is a 20 minute break at 9:20 am.
Production shuts down for lunch 30 minutes for lunch at 12:30.
Production starts at 6:00 am.
Here is what I can do.
Production cycle time = (10*60)-30/8 or 71.25 minutes
If we start at 6:00 am, the first scheduled cycle completion time = TIME(6,0,0+71.25/1440)

My problem is when I am trying to use a logical "IF' statement to account for the 20 minute break or lunch and still calculate the end of each cycle time through the day I receive a number of error messages.
This is the formula I am trying to make work. I have the cell the formula is in, formatted with a "mm,ss" format.
I have included an attachment to help (a picture is worth a thousand words).

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
I have bought a number of books in an attempt to figure this out, and I am still stumped

How can I stretch a spreadsheet to fit the page? If I try to make it one page by one page, it changes nothing. If I change the percentage, it becomes two wide...I am just trying to change the height so that it can be read on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.

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