Copy a macro module to another workbook

If a workbook contains a Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro that you would like to use elsewhere, you can copy the module that contains that macro to another open workbook by using the Microsoft Visual Basic Editor.

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Overview of macros and VBA

If you are unfamiliar with macros and VBA in general, you may find the following information helpful.

  • A macro is an action or set of actions that you can use to automate tasks.
  • You can record macros by using the Record Macro command (Developer tab, Code group).
  • Macros are recorded in the VBA programming language.
  • You can inspect and edit your macros in the Visual Basic Editor, a window that is opened by Excel.

    A module that contains two macros stored in Module1 of Book1

Macros named MakeCellGreen and SetRowHeight are in a module named Module1, which is stored in Book1.

Copying a module from one workbook to another

  1. If the Developer tab is not available, do the following to display it:
  1. Click Options, and then click the Customize Ribbon category.
  2. Under Main Tabs, select the Developer check box and then click OK.
  1. To set the security level temporarily to enable all macros, do the following:
  1. On the Developer tab, in the Code group, click Macro Security.
  2. In the Macros Settings category, under Macro Settings, click Enable all macros (not recommended, potentially dangerous code can run), and then click OK.

Excel Ribbon Image

Note    To help prevent potentially dangerous code from running, we recommend that you return to any of the settings that disable all macros after you finish working with macros.

  1. Open the workbook that contains the module (module: A collection of declarations, statements, and procedures stored together as one named unit. There are two types of modules: standard modules and class modules.) that you want to copy and the workbook that you want to copy the module to.
  2. On the Developer tab, in the Code group, click Visual Basic.

    This starts the Visual Basic Editor.
  3. In the Visual Basic Editor, on the View menu, click Project Explorer Button image.
    Keyboard shortcut    You can press CTRL+R to view the Project Explorer.
  1. Drag the module that you want to copy to the destination workbook in the Project Explorer (typically named VBAProject (<workbook name>).
    As an example, if you copy Module1 from VBAProject (Book2.xlsm) to VBAProject (Book1.xlsm), the module will be copied as Module1 to the Modules node underneath VBAProject (Book1.xlsm).

    VBA Project Explorer

Callout 1 Macro Module1 -- copied from Book2.xlsm to Book1.xlsm
Callout 2 Copy of macro Module1

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Applies to:
Excel 2010, Excel 2007