Hello, Excellers. Welcome to another #MacroMonday blog post in my Excel series. Today let’s look at breaking up our VBA code by adding a breakpoint to your Excel VBA code. If you’re an Excel user, you know that VBA code can be incredibly useful for automating tasks and customizing your spreadsheets. But what happens when your code isn’t working the way you want it to? One of the best ways to troubleshoot and fix your code is to add breakpoints so that you can see where in the code execution things are going wrong. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to add a pause or breakpoint to your Excel VBA code. Stay tuned!
First Things First – What Is A Breakpoint Or Pause In VBA?.
A breakpoint is a selected line of code that once it has been reached, your macro will be suspended. At this point you use the debugging environment to step through each line of code, halt the codes execution or view the status of your program. It is a great way to step though and debug your code without having to restart your code from the very beginning each time you want to debug.
There is no limit to how many breakpoints you have in your code. You cannot however add breakpoints to the following lines of VBA
- nothing in them (blank lines).
- Only code comments, usually wrtitten in green and begin with an apostrophe.
- Dimensioning statements. (lines starting with DIM).
How To Add Break Points To Your VBA Code.
Let’s get down to adding pauses or breakpoints into our VBA code. First, open the VBA environment by either hitting the Excel keyboard shortcut ALT+F11 or hit the Developer Tab and then select Visual Basic.
To set a breakpoint in your VBA Code, find the line you want to add to break to. Then, follow the instructions below.
- Left-click in the grey bar to the left of the code.
- A red dot should appear, subsequently the line of code will be highlighted in red.
- Your breakpoint will be inserted.
How To Remove Break Points From Your VBA Code.
Once you have finished debugging your VBA code it is really easy to remove the breakpoints you have inserted.
- Left click on the breakpoint you want to remove
- Your breakpoint will automatically be removed
How To Clear Multiple Break Points From Your Excel VBA Code.
If you have a lot of breakpoints in your VBA code as there is no restriction on how many you can use, then it maybe a challenge to individually go through your code and remove them one by one. If you want to remove all of the breakpoints at once then you can use the debugging menu options.
- Select the Debug Menu
- Select Clear All Breakpoints
- Or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+F9
So there you have it! How to add a break point or pause in your Excel VBA code. This should help you troubleshoot and fix any errors in your code. If you want more tips like this, sign up for my newsletter below and I’ll send them straight to your inbox. Thanks for reading!
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