How to Use Excel VBA Textbox Events

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In this Excel article, we will learn about how we can use the various textbox events in the VBA UserForm in useful ways in Excel. Those textboxes can be used in a very specific way to trigger specific tasks or operations. Those can make those operations very easy to accomplish and the process very smooth.

Below I present a simple image of VBA Textbox event in the UserForm.

Excel VBA Textbox Events

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Excel TextBox Overview

In Microsoft Excel, the TextBox control is a powerful feature that facilitates seamless text and numeric data entry, enhancing user interaction within spreadsheets. It offers a multitude of customization options and events that enable developers to create intuitive UserForms, streamlining data entry and management tasks.

The TextBox in Excel VBA is equipped with essential events that respond to user actions. The “Change” event captures modifications made to the TextBox content, allowing real-time updates. The “Enter” event activates when the TextBox gains focus, while the “Exit” event triggers when it loses focus. Developers can leverage these events to implement data validation, calculations, or conditional formatting, making the UserForm more dynamic and user-friendly.

Below, we have shown a sample image of a user form where we have the label and the textbox below it.

Textbox event in the userform overview

How to Add a Text Box in Excel

In order to add a text box in Excel, the user can follow the instructions given below. Following this we can add a textbox event in Excel VBA.

  • For this, we need to first add a Textbox to the UserForm. So a UserForm is necessary to be present in the VBA editor.
  • Open the VBA editor in Excel from the article given in the link here.
  • Then, in the editor window, go to Insert > Userform.

Userform addition in the Excel editor window.

  • After adding the user form, add the textbox in the UserForm.

What Are the Types of Textbox Events

1. Change Event

This event will trigger code or task-based whenever you are going to put something inside of the private sub.

Code to executed after the textbox changes

  • After entering this code and running it, we will see that the user form is now present in the worksheet.
  • Now if we tried to enter any demo value, like entering C in the textbox, then we would see a message that the Textbox changed.

Messegebox showing after the change happened in the textbox

2. Enter Event

Whenever the user enters the textbox, the code inside this event will be executed. The moving of the textbox can happen from another textbox while opening the VBA editor.

  • In the below VBA code, we can see that whenever the user enters textbox 1 from other events in Excel, the message that the value entered in the Textbox will be shown”.
Private Sub TextBox1_Enter()
MsgBox "User Entered in TextBox"
End Sub

VBA code to show messege after launching the textbox

  • In the below video, we can see the whole process in detail.

3. Exit Event

This Exit event will execute code whenever the user exits the text box. Like exiting from the textbox to other textboxes or clicking on other UserForm elements, etc. Which can be a very useful feature for identifying various values and cross check tasks.

  • For this, enter the following code inside the private sub method and then save them in the VBA editor.
Private Sub TextBox1_Exit(ByVal Cancel As MSForms.ReturnBoolean)
MsgBox "User left the TextBox"
End Sub

VBA code to execute code when user left the textbox

  • After running the code, we will try to exit the textbox to the other textbox in the UserForm.
  • What happens if we try to exit the textbox is shown in the video given below.

4. KeyPress Event

This event is associated with which keys are being pressed on the keyboard. Whenever the user presses a key, the event will get executed.

Private Sub TextBox1_KeyPress(ByVal KeyAscii As MSForms.ReturnInteger)
If KeyAscii >= 32 Then
Dim pressedKey As String
pressedKey = Chr(KeyAscii)
MsgBox "You pressed the key: " & pressedKey, vbInformation, "Key Pressed"
End If
End Sub

TextBox code for executing the code when user press key each time

  • the whole process is explained in the video below.

5. BeforeUpdate Event

A before-update event is a kind of event that will trigger whenever the user tries to update the value in a textbox.

  • Below we have given a small code where, if the user tries to update the values in the textbox, the code will instantly check the value to see whether it is odd or even and then return a message according to that.
  • For this, open the editor and then enter the following code.
Private Sub TextBox1_BeforeUpdate(ByVal Cancel As MSForms.ReturnBoolean)
' Validate the input
Dim userInput As Variant
userInput = Val(TextBox1.Value) ' Convert input to a numeric value
If Not IsNumeric(userInput) Then
MsgBox "Please enter a valid integer.", vbExclamation, "Invalid Input"
Cancel = True ' Cancel the update
Exit Sub
End If
If userInput Mod 2 <> 0 Then
MsgBox "Please enter an even number.", vbExclamation, "Invalid Input"
Cancel = True ' Cancel the update
End If

VBA code to Execute code before updating the value in the textbox

  • The given code above will investigate whether the value entered by the user is odd or even and then return a message according to the response. The whole procedure is demonstrated below with an adequate explanation in a short video.

TextBox Properties in the UserForm

Textbox has a unique range of properties, and using those properties users can be a very useful feature as they have unique ways to enhance the appearance and function of the VBA UserForm textbox events as a whole in Excel.

  • Below we have shown how we can add the properties window in the editor from the editor.
  • After adding the properties window, we can see the properties of the selected entity are now showing at the side of the editor.
  • As we have selected the textbox in the UserForm, we can see that the properties of the textbox are showing in the window.
  • Now we are going to discuss the main properties and their functions in brief detail.

VBA Textbox menu modify with the help of the properties menu

  1. Name: The unique identifier for the Textbox, enabling you to reference and manipulate it through your VBA code effortlessly.
  2. Enabled: Specifies whether the Textbox is enabled or disabled for user interaction. When disabled, users cannot edit or select the text.
  3. EnterKeyBehavior: Determines whether pressing the “Enter” key inserts a line break in the Textbox when the property is set to “True.”
  4. EnterFieldBehavior: If set to “True,” this property enables users to use the “Tab” key to move to the next control when the Textbox has focus.
  5. Value: This property holds the text content within the Textbox. You can access and modify this property programmatically to read or update the text.
  6. TextAlign: Allows you to align the text within the Textbox. Options typically include left, right, or center alignment.
  7. PasswordChar: Use this property to display a specific character (e.g., asterisk) instead of the actual text, useful for creating password input fields.
  8. MultiLine: When set to “True,” this property allows the Textbox to display multiple lines of text, enabling users to enter or view lengthy content.
  9. ScrollBars: This property controls the appearance of scroll bars in the Textbox, which can be horizontal, vertical, both, or none.
  10. ScrollHeight: Specifies the size of the scrollable area within a MultiLine Textbox vertically.
  11. ScrollTop: Allows you to programmatically control the position of the vertical scrollbar in a MultiLine Textbox.
  12. ScrollLeft: Allows you to programmatically control the position of the horizontal scrollbar in a MultiLine Textbox.
  13. Visible: Controls whether the Textbox is visible or hidden on the UserForm. Dynamically changing this property can help manage the user interface layout.
  14. Accelerator: Allows you to set a keyboard shortcut (using the “&” symbol) to quickly focus on the Textbox from other controls.
  15. AutoTab: When set to “True,” this property automatically moves the focus to the next control once the maximum number of characters specified in the MaxLength property is reached.
  16. IMEMode: This property determines the Input Method Editor (IME) mode used for entering text, which is useful when dealing with multilingual inputs.
  17. MaxLength: Defines the maximum number of characters allowed in the Textbox. It can be useful for restricting input length, such as when expecting a specific format.
  18. BorderStyle: Determines the style of the Textbox’s border, offering options like fixed single-line, fixed 3D, and more.
  19. MouseIcon: This property sets a custom icon to be displayed when the mouse hovers over the Textbox.
  20. MousePointer: Controls the appearance of the mouse cursor when it hovers over the Textbox.
  21. Font: Allows you to set the font type, size, and style for the text displayed in the Textbox.
  22. ForeColor: Sets the foreground color of the Textbox’s text.
  23. BackColor: Sets the background color of the Textbox.

How to Integrate the TextBox with Other UserForm Elements

Below we will show an example of how we can integrate the VBA Textbox events with the other UserForm elements in Excel.

  • Below, we can see a UserForm where we have the textbox and the other elements of the UserForm.
  • We have a textbox where we can enter the name, student ID, and date of birth. After entering them, we can also select the department of the students in the combo box. After then we can use the option button to choose the gender of the students. Finally, we will use the checkboxes to submit multiple subject choices. This way, we can combine the textboxes with the other elements of the UserForm. Moreover, we also had buttons to quit the user form, reset the inputs, and submit the results.

VBA Userform textbox with other elements of userform

  • How this whole thing works is in the video is in below.

Things to Remember

Naming Convention: Use meaningful and descriptive names for your Textboxes to easily identify them within your VBA code. Avoid generic names like “Textbox1” and opt for more specific ones, such as “txtFirstName” or “txtAddress.”

Validation: Implement appropriate data validation for the Textbox to ensure that users enter valid and expected input. You can use events like “LostFocus” or a dedicated “Submit” button to trigger validation checks.

MaxLength: Consider setting the MaxLength property to limit the number of characters users can input. This is particularly useful for fields with fixed-length data, such as phone numbers or postal codes.

MultiLine Property: If you expect users to input or display longer texts, enable the MultiLine property, allowing the Textbox to accommodate multiple lines of text.

ScrollBars: Use the ScrollBars property to provide users with a convenient way to navigate through lengthy text in a MultiLine Textbox.

Clearing the Textbox: Decide whether to clear the Textbox automatically after each submission or leave the previous input intact. The choice depends on the specific use case and user expectations.

Focus: Manage the focus of the Textbox effectively. Set the focus on the appropriate Textbox when the UserForm loads or when specific events occur, so users can immediately start entering data.

Default Button: If you have multiple Textboxes in a UserForm, consider setting a default button (e.g., “OK”) to allow users to submit the form using the “Enter” key.

Password Input: For password fields, use the PasswordChar property to obscure the entered characters for security purposes.

Clear and Reset: Provide users with an option to clear or reset the content of the Textbox in case they wish to start over or correct their input.

Event Handling: Utilize appropriate events like “Change,” “KeyUp,” or “KeyDown” to respond to user interactions and update the application’s behavior accordingly.

Resize: Adjust the size of the Textbox to fit the expected input length adequately. A textbox that’s too small may frustrate users, while an overly large one can waste valuable space on the UserForm.

Testing: Test the UserForm with different scenarios, including edge cases and invalid input, to ensure it behaves as expected and gracefully handles various situations.

Localization: If your application needs to support multiple languages, consider using resource files or other localization techniques to handle translated text within the Textbox.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the events for TextBox?

Change: This occurs when the text in the TextBox changes.

Enter: Occurs when the TextBox receives focus.

Exit: Occurs when the focus leaves the TextBox (loses focus).

KeyPress: Occurs when a key is pressed while the TextBox has focus.

KeyUp: Occurs when a key is released after being pressed while the TextBox has focus.

KeyDown: Occurs when a key is pressed down while the TextBox has focus.

BeforeUpdate: This occurs before the TextBox value is updated (when exiting the TextBox).

AfterUpdate: Occurs after the TextBox value has been updated (when exiting the TextBox).

2. How do I show a TextBox in Excel VBA?

To show a TextBox in Excel VBA, first, open the VBA editor with “ALT + F11.” Then, insert a new UserForm and add a TextBox control to it. Customize its properties if needed. Close the UserForm designer and return to Excel. Finally, use VBA code to show the UserForm with the TextBox, like UserForm1.Show.

3. What is the event when TextBox loses focus?

The event that occurs when a TextBox loses focus is the “LostFocus” event.


In this article, we tried to give an overview of the TEXTBOX events and how we can use them efficiently to carry out various types of tasks. These textbox events are quite intuitive and easy to master.  Users need to understand their needs and then use these events accordingly. If you have any more questions then please forward them to the Exceldemy.

Rubayed Razib Suprov
Rubayed Razib Suprov

Hi, I am Rubayed Razib Suprov. Graduated from the Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering department. I joined Exceldemy on March 2022. I have a keen interest in both fluid dynamics and data analysis. I try to teach people what I learned so far about the Excel tool to date, and hope I can make some positive impacts.

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