How to send email reminder or notification if workbook is updated in Excel?

In some cases, you may need to trigger an email notification to a specified recipient if there are data updated in the workbook you have sent. This article will show you method to achieve it.

Send email reminder or notification if workbook is updated with VBA code

Send email reminder or notification if workbook is updated with VBA code

Please do as follows to send email reminder or notification if the workbook is updated.

1. In the workbook, open a specified worksheet you will send email notification based on the updated data inside.

2. Right-click the sheet tab, and select View Code from the right clicking menu. See screenshot:

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, copy and paste the following code into the code window. See screenshot:

VBA code: Send email reminder or notification if workbook is updated

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'Updated by Extendoffice 2017/9/14
    Dim xOutApp As Object
    Dim xMailItem As Object
    Dim xName As String
    Dim xYesOrNo As Integer
    On Error Resume Next
    Set xOutApp = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
    Set xMailItem = xOutApp.CreateItem(0)
    xYesOrNo = MsgBox("Want to attach updated workbook in email?", vbInformation + vbYesNo, "KuTools For Excel")
    If xYesOrNo = 6 Then ActiveWorkbook.Save
    If xYesOrNo = 6 Then xName = ActiveWorkbook.FullName
    With xMailItem
        .To = "Email Address"
        .cc = ""
        .Subject = "email notification test"
        .Body = "Hi," & Chr(13) & Chr(13) & "File is now updated."
        If xYesOrNo = 6 Then .Attachments.Add xName
    End With
    xMailItem = Nothing
    xOutApp = Nothing
End Sub

Note: Replace the Email Address with the recipient email address in line .To = "Email Address". And change the Cc, Subject as well as body fields in the VBA code as you need.

3. Press the Alt + Q keys to close the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

4. After editing a cell in the worksheet, a Kutools for Excel dialog box will pops up as below screenshot shown. If you want to attach the updated workbook in the email, please click the Yes button. If not, click the No button.

5. Then an email is created automatically with or without the updated workbook attached. And all specified fields are also listed in the email. Please click the Send button to send it.

Note: The VBA code is only working when you use Outlook as your email program.

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    MJ · 7 days ago
    When I tried to change something in a cell a message prompted for Outlook email configuration and it just keeps on asking for my password.

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    James Crook · 5 months ago
    Sorry, I posted this in the wrong article. I will post in the correct article
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    James Crook · 5 months ago
    Hello there, The code works great. However, when a cell changes to below the threshold point via a macro operation that copies and pastes the lower value into the designated cell, the code doesn't seem to trigger.

    Also, I would like to apply this code to several cells. Can I copy and paste the code several times and change each copied version to fit each cells' needs? Is there a better way to do that. I can't figure that out. Thank you!
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    Juno24 · 11 months ago
    I copied and pasted the code exactly as-is from this page, but when I make a change to my document I get the message "Syntax Error" and this line highlights: Dim xOutApp As Object. Any help would be appreciated.
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      crystal · 10 months ago
      Hi Judy,
      Would you provide the Excel version you are using? Thank you for your comment.
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    Leah · 1 years ago
    Can i CC more than person in this? Thanks
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      crystal · 1 years ago
      Hi Leah,
      Please enter the email addresses directly in the .cc="" line and separate them with semicolon, such as .cc = ";"
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    Jake Berger · 1 years ago
    If anyone found this page wondering how to send an email from Excel using CDO, I threw together a Google Doc -- How to Send Email from Excel using Gmail ( with code on GitHub gist (