Solved

Excel VBA code location, ThisWorkbook vs. Module

Posted on 2010-11-25
10
1,442 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Hello,

What is the difference between VBA code inserted in ThisWorkbook and a Module?  I've seen it both ways.

Thanks

 Fig. 1
0
Comment
Question by:Steve_Brady
10 Comments
 
LVL 50

Accepted Solution

by:
Dave Brett earned 250 total points
ID: 34215309
Comprehensively covered by Pearson at http://www.cpearson.com/excel/codemods.htm

Cheers

Dave
0
 
LVL 50

Assisted Solution

by:teylyn
teylyn earned 150 total points
ID: 34215898
Steve,

my simple rule of thumb: the Sheet or ThisWorkbook modules will only contain Event subs that pertain to that object, i.e. the items you find in the "Procedures" drop down in the VBE for the module.

Everything else goes into Standard Modules.

Event subs can't be stored anywhere else but in their object modules, and to keep things clean and tidy, for all other subs I create several Standard Modules depending on what kind of code they store, i.e. all  functions in a Functions module, subs pertaining to particular functionality or particular sheets go into modules that have recognisable names.

just my 2 cents,

cheers, teylyn
0
 
LVL 45

Assisted Solution

by:patrickab
patrickab earned 100 total points
ID: 34216646
Steve,

Whilst agreeing with what has already been written here on this subject, in fact subs can always be referenced and so used by prefixing them by the code pane name they are in. So for example if Sub fred() is in the ThisWorkbook code module it can be positively identified and used like this: Call ThisWorkbook.fred

Personally I only place subs in the ThisWorkbook code module that refer to the Workbook and all other subs in user-defined code Modules.

Patrick
0
 
LVL 33

Expert Comment

by:Norie
ID: 34218376
Patrick

Does that work for subs declared Private?
0
 
LVL 45

Expert Comment

by:patrickab
ID: 34218602
imnorie,

>Does that work for subs declared Private?

By 'that' I assume you mean referencing the sub by the code pane it is in.

No, it doesn't work for 'Private' subs.

Patrick
0
IT, Stop Being Called Into Every Meeting

Highfive is so simple that setting up every meeting room takes just minutes and every employee will be able to start or join a call from any room with ease. Never be called into a meeting just to get it started again. This is how video conferencing should work!

 
LVL 33

Expert Comment

by:Norie
ID: 34218671
Thought so, just wanted to check.

Sorry for not being clear.
0
 

Expert Comment

by:C_sharp_beaver
ID: 34301283
The main point where to put code is security issue of code

If you want hide (protect) code from user - create separate .XLA file and keep code in it's modules (protected by password)

So user will be able to create his own macro but don't have access to yours
0
 
LVL 33

Expert Comment

by:Norie
ID: 34301511
The main point of where to put code might be to put it somewhere where it will work.:)
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:Steve_Brady
ID: 34304726
multiple good answers
0
 
LVL 45

Expert Comment

by:patrickab
ID: 34304748
Steve - Thanks for the points - Patrick
0

Featured Post

How your wiki can always stay up-to-date

Quip doubles as a “living” wiki and a project management tool that evolves with your organization. As you finish projects in Quip, the work remains, easily accessible to all team members, new and old.
- Increase transparency
- Onboard new hires faster
- Access from mobile/offline

Join & Write a Comment

Convert between Excel file formats (.XLS, .XLSX, .XLSM) with/without macro option David Miller (dlmille) Intro Over this past Fall, I've had the opportunity to see several similar requests and have developed a couple related solutions associate…
This article descibes how to create a connection between Excel and SAP and how to move data from Excel to SAP or the other way around.
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate in Microsoft Excel how to add style and sexy appeal to horizontal bar charts.
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how to create pivot charts out of a data set. I also added a drop-down menu which allows to choose from different categories in the data set and the chart will automatically update.

706 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

11 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now