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How to run macro when cell value changes in Excel?

Normally, in Excel, we can press F5 key or Run button to execute the VBA code. But, have you ever tried to run the specific macro code when a cell value changes? This article, I will introduce some quick tricks to deal with this job in Excel.

Run or call macro when a specific cell value changes with VBA code

Run or call macro when any cell value changes in a range with VBA code


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To run a macro code by changing a cell value, the following VBA code can do you a favor, please do as this:

1. Right click the sheet tab that you want to execute the macro if cell value changes, and then choose View Code from the context menu, and in the opened Microsoft Visual Basic for applications window, copy and paste the following code into the blank Module:

VBA code: Run macro when cell value changes:

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
    If Target.Address = "$A$1" Then
        Call Mymacro
    End If
End Sub

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Note: In the above code, A1 is the specific cell that you want to run the code based on, Mymacro is the macro name which you want to run. Please change them to your need.

2. And then save and close the code window, now, when you enter or change value in cell A1, the specific code will be triggered at once.


arrow blue right bubble Run or call macro when any cell value changes in a range with VBA code

If you want to run or trigger a macro when anyone cell value changes in a range of cell, the following code may help you.

1. Right click the sheet tab that you want to execute the macro if cell value changes, and then choose View Code from the context menu, and in the opened Microsoft Visual Basic for applications window, copy and paste the following code into the blank Module:

VBA code: Run macro when any cell value changes in a range:

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
If Not Intersect(Target, Range("A1:B100")) Is Nothing Then
Call Mymacro
End If
End Sub

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Note: In the above code, A1:B100 is the specific cells that you want to run the code based on, Mymacro is the macro name which you want to run. Please change them to your need.

2. And then save and close the code window, now, when you enter or change value in anyone cell of A1:B100, the specific code will be executed at once.


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    roberto · 1 years ago
    Hola buenas tardes
    quisiera saber el codigo para que se active una macro cuando cambia el valor de una celda de una columna, pero este valor cambia por formula,sin que el usuario introduzca ningun valor.
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    DrCartwright · 1 years ago
    The macro that you are calling where do you have this located? I have mine in the Modules folder but when I put any value in any cell of the worksheet I get a Compile error saying:
    Expected variable or procedure, not module.

    Please help.
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      skyyang · 1 years ago
      Hi, DrCartwright,
      Sorry for replying to you so late.
      Yes, as you said, the macro code should be located into the Module, and you need to change the code name to your own name as following screenshot shown:
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    Kevin · 1 years ago
    Hey, useful code. I was thinking if it was possible to insert a ring around the cells that are changed as they are changed? And reset the circles every Monday ?
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      skyyang · 1 years ago
      Hello, Kevin,
      Here is no idea for solving your problem, if you have any good solution, please comment here.
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    Tom · 1 years ago
    Worked great for me! My dilemma is that I want it to be a relative reference macro and there is a difference between hitting enter to save the entry and delete to clear the cell.
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    Andrew Cothliff · 2 years ago
    This worked first time for me using data validation list which displays text based on the list selection.
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    Jach · 2 years ago
    Yeah the description says it should trigger when value changes, but the second code says it's when the value is nothing, and the first one doesn't trigger when a value changes either, but if I press F5 when looking at the code, it wants to trigger MyMacro, but doesn't seem to react to value changes as much as going from nothing to something or opposite.
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    Wayne Hyde · 2 years ago
    This module is not working for me. It says when the VALUE of the cell changes it will execute the code. I find if I TYPE into the cell it works, but if the value of tthe cell is change by a formula, for example a Counta, then it does not execute. Do you have a solution to execute a macro when the VALUE changes through a formula?
    Thanks,
    Wayne