VBA Code

Adjustments Object

This object holds a collection of numbers used to move the adjustment handles of a Shape object.
Each shape object can have up to 8 different adjustments.
Each specific adjustment handle can have one or two adjustments associated with it depending on if it can be moved both horizontally and vertically.
Adjustment values are between 0 and 1 are are hence percentages.

'change the head of the arrow to start 30% of the way across
   objshape.Adjustments(1) = 0.3 'left/right
'set the shaft to start 40% of the way down
   objshape.Adjustments(2) = 0.4 'up/down


Excel > Cells & Ranges > VBA Code > Copying
Excel > Charts > VBA Code > Copying
Word > Text > VBA Code > Copying

ActiveSheet.Shapes("Chart1").CopyPicture ?


Shapes.AddCanvasRemoved in 2007
Shapes.AddCalloutCreates a borderless line callout shape
Shapes.AddConnectorCreates a chart. Charts > VBA > Creating
Shapes.AddCurveCreates a connector shape
Shapes.AddFormControlCreates a bezier curve
Shapes.AddLabelCreates a Form Control. Macros > Worksheet Controls
Shapes.AddLineCreates a line shape
Shapes.AddOLEObjectCreates an ActiveX control Macros > Worksheet Controls
Shapes.AddPictureCreates a picture from an existing file. Pictures
Shapes.AddPolylineCreates an open polyline or closed polyline shape
Shapes.AddShapeCreates an Autoshape.
Shapes.AddTextboxCreates a textbox shape
Shapes.AddTextEffectCreates a WordArt

objShape.Type = msoShapeType.msoTextBox 

Shapes.AddTextBox(msoTextOrientationHorizontal, Selection.Left, Selection.Top, 20, 20) 
Shapes.AddTextBox(msoTextOrientationHorizontal, Range("B2").Left, Range("B2").Top, 20, 20)

Dim objShape As Shape 
objShape.Placement = xlPlacement.xlFreeFloating

objShape.PrintObject = False 

ActiveShape.ScaleHeight 0.8, msoFalse, msoScaleFromBottomRight 

Dim sngposition As Single 
sngPosition = ActiveSheet.Shapes("Picture2").Top = sngPosition

Shapes - TextFrame

Shapes - TextBoxes

Identifying and changing

Sheets(1).Shapes("TextBox 2").TextFrame.Characters.Text = "some text" 

objShape = objWsh.Shapes.Item("Name") 
objTextFrame = objShape.TextFrame

A TextFrame property was added in Excel 2007 ??

objTextFrame = Characters.Text = "the text" 

Is there an error if you assign a zero length text ???

With ActiveSheet.Shapes(1).TextFrame 
   .Characters.Text = "some text"
   .Characters(1,4).Font.Bold = True
End With


You can either specify the exact colour using the RGB function or you can use an index from the Colour Scheme

objShape.Fill.ForeColor.RGB = RGB(12, 12, 12) 
objShape.Fill.BackColor.RGB = RGB(12, 12, 12)
objShape.Line.ForeColor.RGB = RGB(12, 12, 12)
objShape.Line.BackColor.RGB = RGB(12, 12, 12)

ojShape.Fill.ForeColor.SchemeColor = 60 

The macro recorder will always record a mixture of both exact colours and colours from the Colour Scheme

objShape.Line.ForeColor.SchemeColor = 19 
objShape.Line.BackColor.RGB = RGB(255, 255, 255)

You do not have to use the SchemeColor property to define you ForeColor but can use the RGB instead

objShape.Line.ForeColor.RGB = RGB(255, 255, 255) 

Dim objShape As Excel.Shape 

   objShape.Line.ForeColor.RGB = Microsoft.VisualBasic.RGB(0, 0, 0)
   objShape.Line.BackColor.RGB = Microsoft.VisualBasic.RGB(255, 255, 255)
   objShape.Line.Visible = Office.MsoTriState.msoTrue
   objShape.Line.Weight = 0.75
   objShape.Line.DashStyle = Office.MsoLineDashStyle.msoLineSolid
   objShape.Line.Style = Office.MsoLineStyle.msoLineSingle
   objShape.Line.Transparency = 0.0#
   objShape.Line.Pattern = Office.MsoPatternType.msoPattern25Percent
   objShape.Line.BeginArrowheadLength = Office.MsoArrowheadLength.msoArrowheadLengthMedium
   objShape.Line.BeginArrowheadStyle = Office.MsoArrowheadStyle.msoArrowheadDiamond
   objShape.Line.BeginArrowheadWidth = Office.MsoArrowheadWidth.msoArrowheadWide
   objShape.Line.EndArrowheadLength = Office.MsoArrowheadLength.msoArrowheadLengthMixed
   objShape.Line.EndArrowheadStyle = Office.MsoArrowheadStyle.msoArrowheadDiamond
   objShape.Line.EndArrowheadWidth = Office.MsoArrowheadWidth.msoArrowheadWidthMedium

   objShape.Fill.BackColor.RGB = Microsoft.VisualBasic.RGB(255, 255, 255)
   objShape.Fill.ForeColor.RGB = Microsoft.VisualBasic.RGB(255, 255, 255)
   objShape.Fill.OneColorGradient(Office.MsoGradientStyle.msoGradientDiagonalDown, 2, 2)
   objShape.Fill.TwoColorGradient(Office.MsoGradientStyle.msoGradientDiagonalDown, 3)
   objShape.Fill.Transparency = 0
   objShape.Fill.Visible = Office.MsoTriState.msoTrue

Applying Solid Fill

oShape.Fill.ForeColor.RGB = RGB(5,5,5)

Applying Gradient Fill

oShape.Fill.ResetTextured msoTextureSand 

Removing Fill

oShape.Fill.Visible = Office.msoTristate.msoFalse 

Sub BET_DisplayColourScheme() 
Dim inumber As Integer

   For inumber = 1 To 80
      Range("A" & inumber + 1).Value = inumber

      ActiveSheet.Shapes.AddShape(msoShapeRectangle, 47.25, inumber * 12.75, 93.75, 12.75).Select
      Selection.ShapeRange.Fill.Visible = msoTrue
      Selection.ShapeRange.Fill.ForeColor.SchemeColor = inumber
      Selection.ShapeRange.Fill.Transparency = 0#
   Next inumber
End Sub

Creates a picture (on OLE Object) from an existing file


Adds a picture to a worksheet.

Dim objWsh as Excel.Worksheet 
dim objShape As Excel.Shape
Set objShape = objWsh.Shapes.AddPicture(FileName:="C:\temp\image.bmp, _
                           LinkToFile:=msoTriState.msoFalse, _
                           SaveWithDocument:=msoTriState.msoTrue, _
                           Left:=80, _
                           Top:=80, _
                           Width:=80, _
objShape.LockAspectRatio = msotristate.msotrue

FileName - The full path of the picture or graphic to insert
LinkToFile - Indicates whether the picture is linked or not
SaveWithDocument - Indicates whether the picture is saved in the worksheet (must be true in VBA. If set to false you set a "the specified value is out of range" error)
Left - The position of the left edge relative to the active cell (in points)
Top - The position of the top edge relative to the active cell (in points)
Width - The width of the picture (in points)
Height - The height of the picture (in points)

Adding AutoShapes

ActiveSheet.Shapes.AddShape(Type:=Office.msoAutoShapeType.msoShapeMoon, _ 
                     Left:=20, _
                     Top:=20, _
                     Width:=20, _


Removing all the AutoShapes

Dim shpShade as Shape 
For Each shpShape in Sheets(1).Shapes
   If Left(shpShape.Name,9) = "AutoShape" Then
   End If
Next shpShape

Shapes - ShapeRange

A shaperange can contain a single shape or all the shapes on a worksheet
You can create a shape range collection and add specific shapes to it
Use Selection.ShapeRange to return all the shapes in the current selection.

Dim objshaperange As Excel.ShapeRange 
Set objshaperange = ActiveSheet.Shapes.Range(Array(1,2))
                             ActiveSheet.Shapes.Range("Line 1")
                             ActiveSheet.Shapes.Range("Line 1","WordArt 2")
                             ActiveSheet.Shapes.Item("Line 1")

Adjusting Shape Sizes

depends on the zoom % of the worksheet
0.6 at 80%
is not 0.6 at 100% ???

Diagrams (new to 2002)

Access to the (Insert > Diagrams) objects is now possible through VBA through various DiagramXxx objects.

Adding WordArt

ActiveSheet.Shapes.AddTextEffect(PresetTextEffect:=, _ 
                                 Text:=, _
                                 FontName:=, _
                                 FontSize:=, _
                                 FontBold:=, _
                                 FontItalic:=, _
                                 Left:=, _

PresetTextEffect -
Text -
FontName -
FontSize -
FontBold -
FontItalic -
Left -
Top -

Pictures.Insert (depreciated)

In Excel 2007 this method inserts the picture as an embedded object
In Excel 2010 and later this method inserts the picture as a link (be warned)
This is not displayed in the intellisense and is only available for backwards compatibility

Dim oWsh As Excel.Worksheet 
Dim oPicture As Excel.Picture
Set oPicture = oWsh.Pictures.Insert(Filename:="C:\temp\picture.png")

oPicture.Width =
oPicture.Height =
oPicture.Left =
oPicture.Top =
oPicture.Placement = xlMoveAndSize

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