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Dear Experts

I am running a sub that calls other procedures, rather than have one long main sub.
One of the subs called ends with a msgbox with vbOKCancel as its buttons.

vbOK is fine; that just continues the main procedure.

How do i get the main procedure to exit if the msgbox from the called routine is vbCancel?

Please see attached workbook example.
Query-ExitSub.xlsm
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Question by:David Phelops
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by:Patrick Matthews
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Generally, instead of making the subsidiary routines subs, make them functions that return a value to the calling sub that allows for a test of whether to continue.

For example, if function Foo returns a boolean...


    If Foo(SomeArgumentHere) = False Then
        MsgBox "Oh my, time to stop!", vbExclamation
        Exit Sub
    End If

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Saqib Husain, Syed earned 1600 total points
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There are two ways to do this

The first way is easy but not good if global variables are used. Use this in the called sub

        mbr = MsgBox("An unknown error.....", vbOKCancel)
        If mbr = vbCancel Then End


The second way is to return the mbr variable to the main (calling) sub and then exit if mbr=vbCancel
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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Example of the second method

Sub Main()
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calledsub(mbr)
if mbr=vbCancel then exit sub
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end sub


sub calledsub(mbr)
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mbr=msgbox("message",vbOKCancel)
if mbr=vbCancel then exit sub
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end sub
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by:David Phelops
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@ssaqibh
Thank you - fortunately, I have no global variables in this routine, so method #1 is fine for now.
Method #2 i shall keep in reserve!
Cheers - I like simple, elegant solutions!

I should like to give @matthewspatrick some credit for suggesting the function route, which i'm sure with more time and application, i can implement
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