Using Scripts to Manage Excel's Edit Options

Sample VBScript scripts that demonstrate how you can both retrieve and configure the Microsoft Excel 2003 Edit options.

Mapping the Dialog Box to the Excel Object Model

The options referenced in the following scripts correspond to the options found on the Edit tab of the Options dialog box. To access these options in Microsoft Excel 2003, click Tools, click Options and then click the Edit tab. A mapping between the options available in this dialog box and the Microsoft Excel object model is shown below.


The scripts shown on this page were tested using Microsoft Excel 2003. At least some of the functionality is likely to work on any version of Microsoft Excel that supports Visual Basic for Applications (VBA); however, the scripts have not been tested using any of these other versions.

Sample Code for Retrieving Values

Sample script that retrieves the configuration information found on the Edit tab in the Options dialog box in Microsoft Excel 2003.

Set objExcel = CreateObject("Excel.Application")

Wscript.Echo "Edit directly in cell: " & objExcel.EditDirectlyInCell
Wscript.Echo "Allow cell drag and drop: " & objExcel.CellDragAndDrop
Wscript.Echo "Move Selection after Enter: " & objExcel.MoveAfterReturn
Wscript.Echo "Move direction: " & objExcel.MoveAfterReturnDirection
Wscript.Echo "Cut, copy, and sort objects with cells: " & _
Wscript.Echo "Provide feedback with Animation: " & _
Wscript.Echo "Enable AutoComplete for cell values: " & _
Wscript.Echo "Alert before overwriting cells: " & _
Wscript.Echo "Extend data range formats and formulas: " & _
Wscript.Echo "Enable automatic percent entry: " & _
Wscript.Echo "Show Paste Options buttons: " & _
Wscript.Echo "Show Insert Options buttons: " & _
Wscript.Echo "Fixed decimal: " & objExcel.FixedDecimal
Wscript.Echo "Fixed decimal places: " & objExcel.FixedDecimalPlaces
Wscript.Echo "Ask to update automatic links: " & _


Sample Code for Modifying Values

Sample script that disables the ability to edit directly in a cell.

Set objExcel = CreateObject("Excel.Application")

objExcel.EditDirectlyInCell = FALSE


The sample scripts are not supported under any Microsoft standard support program or service. The sample scripts are provided AS IS without warranty of any kind. Microsoft further disclaims all implied warranties including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose. The entire risk arising out of the use or performance of the sample scripts and documentation remains with you. In no event shall Microsoft, its authors, or anyone else involved in the creation, production, or delivery of the scripts be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or other pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of or inability to use the sample scripts or documentation, even if Microsoft has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

Related Links