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Calling Procedures by running a single macro in Excel

Posted on 2012-03-23
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I would like my staff to be able to run a single macro (Analysis_Main) which executes a series of procedures.  I only want the MainMacro to be visible in the macro window.

Here's the main sub:

Public Sub Analysis_Main()
Call A_auto_load
Call B_DateFormat
Call CH_Status_to_Posted
Call D_Analyze_newest_and_prior_tabs
Call F_ToDTRpaste
End Sub


Here's the error that I get.  "Compile error:  Sub or Function not defined." because Excel needs the Private subs in the same module, I guess.  If I make them "Public"  then they run but display in the macro window.

Should I make the subs "Public" or "Private" and where should I put them in relation to the various modules?  Is there another setting that I'm missing here to accomplish what I want to do?

Thanks for your help.
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Put the subs to be called in the same module as your main sub, and they can remain private, but within scope of your main  module.

Another trick is to create an optional parameter in the sub declaration, then they wouldn't be visible and can be public in another module - I don't necessarily condone this for no other purpose, but one side effect is they can't be called from the tools->macros or developer->macros menu option.

Chip Pearson on scoping: http://www.cpearson.com/excel/scope.aspx

Cheers,

Dave
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by:thutchinson
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OK, I thought I was missing something.  

Do you have any tricks on how to find these procedures later after they are buried down deep in thousands of lines of code within a single module?
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Ah - in the VBA editor, there are two pulldown menus where your code is at the top.  On the right side, you can pull down to find all functions and subroutines.

Dave
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When should I consider creating a new module?
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While there are # lines limits, etc., they're pretty big for most development.

Personally, I always create new modules when I'm on to a new "topic", when I have a bunch of miscellaneous functions, and I tend to name my modules base on the topic they handle.

You might google around or ask a new question on just this topic, as the E-E experts will give you a good list of answers based on their experience, as well.

Dave
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Oh, that's right.  I saw that menu before.  I didn't use it because I was always putting separate stuff in different modules so only one thing was showing in the drop-down.

I see now.
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Thanks for the overview, Dave.  I appreciate it.
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