Flashing Formula Excel - Caused by VBA?

Posted on 2016-09-06
Last Modified: 2016-09-06
I am working on a project with many userforms with a wide range of controls (listboxes, textboxes, MonthView etc.) using Windows 10.

Once data has been added to the worksheet, the formula bar keeps flashing. This also happens when I add data from a userform which doesn't have the standard controls.

The worksheet does not have any shapes: just listboxes, charts and pivot tables. Formulae are kept to a minimum as the logic is implemented in the userform. I decided to use this method as I have thousands of entries in various tables.

What are the likely causes of the formula bar flashing?
Has anyone experienced the same problem in the past?
Question by:mscola
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Ryan Chong earned 500 total points
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>>What are the likely causes of the formula bar flashing?
you may try to turn off the Excel screen updates by using command:
Application.ScreenUpdating = False

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Application.ScreenUpdating Property (Excel)

Author Comment

ID: 41785720
Isn't the screen updating command for actions that take place on the worksheet? (Not formula bar)
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by:Ryan Chong
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do you have a sample can share with us? we will try to diagnose the issue
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How confidential will the data be treated which I upload here (as part of private question)?
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by:Ryan Chong
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>>How confidential will the data be treated which I upload here (as part of private question)?
definitely knowing your concern but without knowing the real scenario, it's difficult for troubleshooting.

you can try to make a copy, and then delete/mask your data if it's feasible to upload.

Author Comment

ID: 41785922
Before upload the workbook, let me show you one more thing.
I use these subs to turn on the speed or off:

Sub SpeedOn()
    On Error Resume Next
    With Application
        .Calculation = xlCalculationManual
        .ScreenUpdating = False
        .EnableEvents = False
        .DisplayAlerts = False
        .Cursor = xlWait
        .EnableCancelKey = xlErrorHandler
    End With
End Sub

Sub SpeedOff()
    With Application
        .Calculation = xlCalculationAutomatic
        .ScreenUpdating = True
        .EnableEvents = True
        .DisplayAlerts = True
        .CalculateBeforeSave = True
        .Cursor = xlDefault
        .EnableCancelKey = xlInterrupt
    End With
End Sub

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Is this one way to speed on/off ?

I usually add SpeedOn before saving data to the workbook and SpeedOff after saving the data.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 41786120
I have absolutely no idea what happened but for some reason the worksheet now works.

I hope this won't happen again.

Thanks for your help.

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