Excel Guides

Workbook Events in Excel

Workbook events are triggered when certain actions are performed on a workbook, such as opening or closing it, saving it, or changing worksheets. These events can be used to run macros or custom functions whenever a workbook is opened, closed, saved, or changed. For example, you could use a workbook event to automatically save a backup copy of a workbook every time it is saved.

There are two types of workbook events: those that are triggered by an action taken by the user (such as opening or closing the workbook), and those that are triggered by an action taken by Excel (such as calculating a formula). User-initiated events can be handled by using macros or custom functions, while Excel-initiated events can be handled by using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code.

User-Initiated Workbook Events

The following table lists the user-initiated workbook events:

Workook_BeforePrint
EventDescription
Workbook_OpenTriggered when the workbook is opened
Workbook_ActivateTriggered when the workbook becomes the active workbook
Workbook_DeactivateTriggered when the workbook is no longer the active workbook
Workbook_BeforeCloseTriggered when the workbook is about to be closed
Workbook_AfterSaveTriggered after the workbook is saved
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