I am working on an XL 2007 project requiring command buttons on a form. When
I go into the developer tab and activate the design mode and then select
insert, I am presented with 2 options for a button - a "form" button" or an
disadvantages of each type vs. the other. So far this is what I have come up
1) Both types are flexible in appearance, e. g. the button size, location,
shape, text, text format, size and color, background color are all
2) the only way to change the name of a form button is with VBA code, e. g.
activesheet.Shapes("Button1").Name = "Delete Departments Instructions"
OTOH, the name of an ActiveX button can be changed by entering the
Designer mode and right clicking on the button and then selecting properties
and changing the name property. The name of a form button may have spaces in
it whereas the name of an ActiveX button may not
3) The code executed when an ActiveX button is pressed *must* be on the
code sheet for the worksheet on which the button is located, and the routine
must have a name corresponding to the button, e. g.
Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()
MsgBox "Hello from CommandButton1"
OTOH a form button can be given the name of the routine to execute when the
button is pressed, and this routine can be located in any VBA module. What's
more, the routine can even be declared private!
Am I correct in what I have stated about the 2 kinds of buttons? Which kind
P.S. I have been speaking of command buttons, but as for labels, the
size and color of Active X labels but can't seem to do that for form labels.
It is possble to change text size and font and color on a form label ?
Thanks in advance