Minimizing and maximizing windows

Depending on how many workbooks and add-ins are open, the VBE can have lots of code windows, and things can get a bit confusing. Code windows are much like worksheet windows in Excel. You can minimize them, maximize them, hide them, rearrange them, and so on. Most people find it most efficient to maximize the Code window that they're working in. Doing so enables you to see more code and keeps you from getting distracted. To maximize a Code window, click the maximize button in its title bar or just double-click its title bar. To restore a Code window (make it nonmaximized), click the Restore button in its title bar.

Sometimes, you might want to have two or more Code windows visible. For example, you might want to compare the code in two modules or perhaps copy code from one module to another. To view two or more Code windows at once, make sure the active code window isn't maximized. Then drag and resize the windows that you want to view.

Minimizing a code window gets it out of the way. You can also click the Close button in a Code window's title bar to close the window completely. To open it again, just double-click the appropriate object in the Project Explorer window.

The VBE doesn't let you close a workbook. You must reactivate Excel and close it from there. You can, however, use the Immediate window to close a workbook or an add-in. Just activate the Immediate window, type a VBA statement like the one that follows, and press Enter:


As you'll see, this statement executes the Close method of the Workbook object, which closes a workbook. In this case, the workbook happens to be an add-in.

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