VBA- msgbox- changing txt- forms

Hi All-
hoping someone can help me with a VBA question...

I am running some code which takes some time to run.

I want to show a message to the user which says something like->
"finished running XXX"
"finished running YYY"
as the code runs through the loops/subs/etc.

MsgBox can't do this because it is a one shot deal, right? i.e. you show your text and are stuck with it.

Forms seem problematic because code doesn't run in the background while they are being shown right (unless you call the code from the form).

Any simple solutions? Something like a msgbox that wouldn't pause code execution, but would allow me to change the text it was showing from time to time would be great!

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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
yourform.show vbModeless

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You could do something like creating custom messagebox (which is quite simple), and display it modelles, as angel suggested.... Or you can have some notification area on the form that is executeing this code. Somethinf like

Task 1 ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, done
Task 2 ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, done
Task 3 ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, executing
Task 4 ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Shane Russell2nd Line Desktop SupportCommented:
Why not just make a label somewhere on the form that updates dynamically so that as it is doing it , it changes the labels caption ie :

Task 1 ............. Executing

Then once it has finished that in the loop code or where ever make it update the label and then it will say


You could even do what angel suggested with regards to a modeless form and use the label on that form and update the labels caption as per this suggestion, unless that is what Priest was reffering to ?
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Mike TomlinsonHigh School Computer Science, Computer Applications, Digital Design, and Mathematics TeacherCommented:
You can use a Label on a Form.  Just update it, call the Refresh() method and then use DoEvents to ensure the updated text is displayed:

    Form1.Label1.Caption = "something..."
Idle Mind has it right.  In your loop do the following:

For X = 1 to Y
  ** whatever process you're running **
    Form1.Label1.Caption = "Task " & X & " of " & Y & " Complete."
Next X

Or if you want, you can have a series of labels on the form and address them by name, so that it can show each loop and whether it's complete or not (as Gecko suggested).
Shane Russell2nd Line Desktop SupportCommented:
You dont need a series of labels or a control array from what I can tell you can just use the vbcrlf so that it just does it as per your loop ie :

For X = 1 to Y
  ** whatever process you're running **
    Form1.Label1.Caption = Form1.Label1.Caption &  "Task " & X & " of " & Y & " Complete." & vbcrlf
Next X

I am sure that would work. That way you only need one label, you would just have to set the auto fit / auto size property to true ( I am pretty sure that the label has that property ) If not then just set the label to be large enough to fit all the contents of it in, if that wont work then instead of using a label just use a textbox and set the locked property to true and make the multiline property true and set the scrollbars to vertical so that they can scroll up and down ( you could make that property to both if the contents of what is inside of the textbox is too much for the textbox.
I dont see the relevance wheter it will be with label control, or listbox, or text box.... or will it display only one task at the moment, or all of them... Its up to user to choose the appropriate interface. We could end up with discussion about implementing icons as well for particular task...... And in the end tobal99z could say that he isnt fond of using a label for this purpose. :)
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