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How to add mouse over tip to a certain shape in Excel?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2020-07-22

In many cases, you need to assign macro to a certain shape so as to run the macro by clicking it in your worksheet. After assigning macro to the shape, adding mouse over tip can help to remind you what the shape does in future use. This article shows you two methods to add mouse over tip to a certain shape in Excel.

Add mouse over tip to a certain shape with adding hyperlink
Add mouse over tip to a certain shape with VBA code


Add mouse over tip to a certain shape with adding hyperlink

You can add hyperlink with ScreenTip to a certain shape in worksheet. Please do as follows.

1. Right click the shape you need to add mouse over tip, then click Hyperlink from the right-clicking menu. See screenshot:

2. In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, click the ScreenTip button. And in the Set Hyperlink ScreenTip dialog box, enter the screen tip text you need to display while hovering over the shape by mouse. Finally click the OK button. See screenshot:

3. When it returns to the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, click the Bookmark button. Then enter A1 into the Type in the cell reference box of the Select Place in Document dialog box, and finally click the OK button.

4. Click the OK button in the Insert Hyperlink dialog box to finish the hyperlink creating.

Now you can see the screen tip displaying when hovering over the shape by mouse.


Add mouse over tip to a certain shape with VBA code

You can easily add mouse over tip to a certain shape after running the following VBA code.

1. Open the worksheet contains the shape you will display tip when moving mouse over. Right click the sheet tab and then click View Code from the context menu.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please copy the below VBA code into the Code window.

VBA Code 1: Add mouse over tip to a certain shape

Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
'Updated by Extendoffice 2018/3/30
    If Target.Address = Range("A1").Address Then
        Call MoveRow
    End If
End Sub

3. Click Insert > Module. Then enter below VBA code into the Module window.

VBA Code 2: Add mouse over tip to a certain shape

Sub Text()
'Updated by Extendoffice 2018/3/30
    Dim xShape As Shape
    Dim xRg As Range
    On Error Resume Next
    Application.EnableEvents = False
    Set xShape = ActiveSheet.Shapes("Rectangle 4")
    If Not xShape Is Nothing Then
        ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks.Add xShape, "", "A1", ScreenTip:="Click to run Macro "
    End If
    If ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks(1).SubAddress = "A1" Then
        Call MoveRow
    End If
    Application.EnableEvents = True
End Sub

Notes:

1). Please replace the “Click to run Macro” and “Rectangle 4” with your screen tip text and the name of the certain shape.
2). Replace "MoveRow" in line "Call MoveRow" to the macro name you have assigned to the shape

3. Press the F5 key to run the code. Then the specified screen tip is added to the certain shape immediately.


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This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
Convert your shape to an image. Images have tool tips.
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Doesn't work..... if there is a hyperlink associated with the shape then the macro will not run....
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Dear Niall,
Sorry for the mistake. Please try as below to solve the problem.

Step 1:
In the worksheet contains the shape you will display tip, right click the sheet tab and select View Code from the context menu. And then copy below VBA into the Code window:

Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
If Target.Address = Range("A1").Address Then
Call MoveRow
End If
End Sub

Step 2:
Open the Module code window, copy below code into the Module window.
Please change "MoveRow" in the line Call MoveRow to the macro name you assigned to the shape, and then press the F5 key to run the code.
Thank you for your comment.

Sub Text()
Dim xShape As Shape
Dim xRg As Range
On Error Resume Next
Application.EnableEvents = False
Set xShape = ActiveSheet.Shapes("Rectangle 1")
If Not xShape Is Nothing Then
ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks.Add xShape, "", "A1", ScreenTip:="Click to run Macro "
End If
If ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks(1).SubAddress = "A1" Then
Call MoveRow
End If
Application.EnableEvents = True
End Sub
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Dear Niall,
The code works well in my case. Can you provide your Office version? Thank you for your comment.
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Hello, Sub Test() On Error Resume Next Dim xShape As Shape Set xShape = ActiveSheet.Shapes("Rectangle 4") If Not xShape Is Nothing Then _ ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks.Add xShape, "", "", ScreenTip:="Click to run Macro " End Sub Thank code works great, but it removes Assigned macro. When i use Screen Tip and press on shape Macro Deosn't work. Is any way to fix that? Use Screen tip on shape and keep macro working? Thank youĄ
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Dear Evaldas,
Sorry for the mistake. Please try as below to solve the problem.

Step 1:
In the worksheet contains the shape you will display tip, right click the sheet tab and select View Code from the context menu. And then copy below VBA into the Code window:

Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
If Target.Address = Range("A1").Address Then
Call MoveRow
End If
End Sub

Step 2:
Open the Module code window, copy below code into the Module window.
Please change "MoveRow" in the line Call MoveRow to the macro name you assigned to the shape, and then press the F5 key to run the code.
Thank you for your comment.

Sub Text()
Dim xShape As Shape
Dim xRg As Range
On Error Resume Next
Application.EnableEvents = False
Set xShape = ActiveSheet.Shapes("Rectangle 1")
If Not xShape Is Nothing Then
ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks.Add xShape, "", "A1", ScreenTip:="Click to run Macro "
End If
If ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks(1).SubAddress = "A1" Then
Call MoveRow
End If
Application.EnableEvents = True
End Sub
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
I wish someone would solve this problem.
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
Good Day,
Please try as below to solve the problem.

Step 1:
In the worksheet contains the shape you will display tip, right click the sheet tab and select View Code from the context menu. And then copy below VBA into the Code window:

Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
If Target.Address = Range("A1").Address Then
Call MoveRow
End If
End Sub

Step 2:
Open the Module code window, copy below code into the Module window.
Please change "MoveRow" in the line Call MoveRow to the macro name you assigned to the shape, and then press the F5 key to run the code.
Thank you for your comment.

Sub Text()
Dim xShape As Shape
Dim xRg As Range
On Error Resume Next
Application.EnableEvents = False
Set xShape = ActiveSheet.Shapes("Rectangle 1")
If Not xShape Is Nothing Then
ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks.Add xShape, "", "A1", ScreenTip:="Click to run Macro "
End If
If ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks(1).SubAddress = "A1" Then
Call MoveRow
End If
Application.EnableEvents = True
End Sub
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