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Understanding Phantom Macros in Excel

When it comes to Excel, there are a lot of different things that can be done in order to make working with the program more efficient. One of these things is known as a phantom macro. In this article, we will be taking a more in-depth look at what phantom macros are and how they can be used in order to make working with Excel a more streamlined process.

What is a Phantom Macro?

In Excel, a phantom macro is a type of macro that does not appear in the list of available macros when you go to record a new one. Phantom macros are typically used for tasks that are either too simple to warrant their own macro or that are part of a larger macro that has been broken up into smaller steps.

One common use for phantom macros is to automate the process of inserting blank rows between existing rows of data. This can be accomplished by recording a macro that inserts a blank row above the active cell, then running that macro in all of the cells that should have blank rows inserted above them.

How to Create a Phantom Macro

Creating a phantom macro is actually quite simple. The first thing you need to do is open up the Visual Basic Editor (VBE). You can do this by pressing Alt+F11 on your keyboard or by going to the Developer tab on the ribbon and clicking on the Visual Basic button.

Once the VBE has been opened, you will need to create a new module. This can be done by going to the Insert menu and selecting Module. A new module will then appear in the pane on the left side of the VBE.

Next, you will need to paste the following code into your new module:

Sub InsertBlankRow() 

    ActiveCell.EntireRow.Insert 

    ActiveCell.Offset(1, 0).Select 

 End Sub

This code will insert a blank row above the active cell and then move the active cell down one row.

Now, you need to give your new macro a name. To do this, simply go to the Tools menu and select Options. In the Options dialog box, go to the General tab and type in a name for your new macro in the Macro Name text box.

Once you have given your new macro a name, click on OK and then close out of the VBE.

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