In my workbooks, I sometimes add buttons to run macros. Usually, they’re for navigation to the next or previous sheet, or to run a macro that’s specific to the contents of the worksheet.
In this example, I’ve got two macros in the workbook – one that takes you to the next sheet in the workbook, and one that takes you to the previous sheet. So, if you’re on the second sheet, you can click the Next button to go to the third sheet. Or, click the Back button to go to the first sheet.
Add a Button
- On the Ribbon, click the Developer tab
- Note: If the Developer tab isn’t visible, click the Office Button, then click Excel Options. Click the Popular category, then add a check mark to Show Developer tab in the Ribbon.
- In the Controls group, click Insert, to see the controls from the Form toolbar and the Control Toolbox.
- In the Form Controls section, click Button.
- Click on the worksheet to add a button, or drag on the worksheet to add a button of a specific size.
- In the Assign Macro dialog box that opens automatically, click on the name of a macro to select it, then click OK
Format the Button
While the button is still selected, you can change its caption and add some formatting.
- To change the button’s caption, select the existing text, and type a caption to replace it. The border around the button will have diagonal lines when you’re editing the text
- Click on the border of the button, to select it. The outline should change to a dotted pattern, as you can see in the next screenshot.
- On the Ribbon’s Home tab, use the font formatting buttons, such as Bold and Font Size, to change the appearance of the button.
Use the Buttons
After you’ve added the Back button, repeat the steps to create a Next button. Then, copy the two buttons to any worksheets or chart sheets in the workbook.
To move through the sheets, click either the Back or Next button on any sheet.
The Navigation Code
Here’s the code that I used to make the buttons select the next or previous sheet.
Sub GoSheetNext() Dim wb As Workbook Dim lSheet As Long Set wb = ActiveWorkbook lSheet = ActiveSheet.Index With wb If lSheet = .Sheets.Count Then .Sheets(1).Select Else .Sheets(lSheet + 1).Select End If End With End Sub '================================= Sub GoSheetBack() Dim wb As Workbook Dim lSheet As Long Set wb = ActiveWorkbook lSheet = ActiveSheet.Index With wb If lSheet = 1 Then .Sheets(.Sheets.Count).Select Else .Sheets(lSheet - 1).Select End If End With End Sub