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Create Custom Menu Items in Excel VBA

 

Custom Menu Items Created on the fly With Excel VBA

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 Also: Delete/Restore Excel Toolbars || Adding a Command Button to the Excel Right Click Menu

It is possible to customize Excel in many different ways. However, to make your Excel spreadsheets have that professional look and feel, one can add their own custom menus to an existing Excel toolbar. This is best done via VBA and the same menu items you add, should be deleted upon deactivating/closing the Excel Workbook. Download Working Example

Sample Code to Add/Delete Custom Menu Items

You can simply copy the code below into any standard Excel Module

Sub AddMenus()

Dim cMenu1 As CommandBarControl

Dim cbMainMenuBar As CommandBar

Dim iHelpMenu As Integer

Dim cbcCutomMenu As CommandBarControl



'(1)Delete any existing one. We must use On Error Resume next _

 in case it does not exist.

On Error Resume Next

Application.CommandBars("Worksheet Menu Bar").Controls("&New Menu").Delete

On Error GoTo 0



'(2)Set a CommandBar variable to Worksheet menu bar

 Set cbMainMenuBar = _

     Application.CommandBars("Worksheet Menu Bar")

     

'(3)Return the Index number of the Help menu. We can then use _

 this to place a custom menu before.

 iHelpMenu = _

     cbMainMenuBar.Controls("Help").Index

     

 '(4)Add a Control to the "Worksheet Menu Bar" before Help.

 'Set a CommandBarControl variable to it

 Set cbcCutomMenu = _

     cbMainMenuBar.Controls.Add(Type:=msoControlPopup, _

                  Before:=iHelpMenu)

                  

     '(5)Give the control a caption

     cbcCutomMenu.Caption = "&New Menu"

     

 '(6)Working with our new Control, add a sub control and _

 give it a Caption and tell it which macro to run (OnAction).

 With cbcCutomMenu.Controls.Add(Type:=msoControlButton)

                .Caption = "Menu 1"

                .OnAction = "MyMacro1"

 End With

 '(6a)Add another sub control give it a Caption _

  and tell it which macro to run (OnAction)

 With cbcCutomMenu.Controls.Add(Type:=msoControlButton)

                .Caption = "Menu 2"

                .OnAction = "MyMacro2"

 End With

  'Repeat step "6a" for each menu item you want to add.

  

  

 'Add another menu that will lead off to another menu

 'Set a CommandBarControl variable to it

Set cbcCutomMenu = cbcCutomMenu.Controls.Add(Type:=msoControlPopup)

   ' Give the control a caption

    cbcCutomMenu.Caption = "Ne&xt Menu"



 'Add a contol to the sub menu, just created above

 With cbcCutomMenu.Controls.Add(Type:=msoControlButton)

                .Caption = "&Charts"

                .FaceId = 420

                .OnAction = "MyMacro2"

 End With



End Sub





Sub DeleteMenu()

On Error Resume Next

    Application.CommandBars("Worksheet Menu Bar").Controls("&New Menu").Delete

    On Error GoTo 0

End Sub



Sub MyMacro1()

MsgBox "I don't do much yet, do I?", vbInformation, "Ozgrid.com"

End Sub



Sub MyMacro2()

MsgBox "I don't do much yet either, do I?", vbInformation, "Ozgrid.com"

End Sub
Code to Fire off the Above Code

The code here must be placed in the Private Module of the Worksheet Object (ThisWorkbook). To get there from within Excel proper, right click on the Excel icon, top left next to "File", and click "View Code". In here paste the code below;

Private Sub Workbook_Activate()

Run "AddMenus"

End Sub





Private Sub Workbook_Deactivate()

Run "DeleteMenu"

End Sub

Now save the Workbook and open any other. You will note that as you go from one Workbook to another the custom menu items are deleted. As soon as the Workbook is activated again, the custom menu items are re-created. The same thing happens when closing/opening the Workbook. Download Working Example

See Also: Delete/Restore Excel Toolbars || Adding a Command Button to the Excel Right Click Menu

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