Change your VBA MsgBox text color by using the SetSysColors user32 API function. This macro example makes changing your MsgBox text color extremely easy.
I’m going to be honest with you. I didn’t know you could change the MsgBox text color until wellsrPRO community member Giancarlo submitted this macro to me via the wellsrPRO Excel Add-in. This is why I love user-generated content! We can all learn a lot more from each other than we can by ourselves. That’s why I keep saying wellsrPRO is the new best way to learn VBA.
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Change VBA MsgBox Text Color
Submitted by Giancarlo
Option Explicit #If Win64 Then Private Declare PtrSafe Function GetSysColor Lib "user32" _ (ByVal nIndex As Long) As Long Private Declare PtrSafe Function SetSysColors Lib "user32" _ (ByVal nChanges As Long, lpSysColor As Long, lpColorValues As Long) As Long #Else Private Declare Function GetSysColor Lib "user32" _ (ByVal nIndex As Long) As Long Private Declare Function SetSysColors Lib "user32" _ (ByVal nChanges As Long, lpSysColor As Long, lpColorValues As Long) As Long #End If Private Const COLOR_WINDOWTEXT As Long = 8 Private Const CHANGE_INDEX As Long = 1 Public Sub MsgBoxColorDemo() Dim defaultColour As Long 'Store the default system color defaultColour = GetSysColor(COLOR_WINDOWTEXT) 'Set system color to red SetSysColors CHANGE_INDEX, COLOR_WINDOWTEXT, vbRed MsgBox "Incorrect", vbCritical, "Your result is..." 'Set system color to green SetSysColors CHANGE_INDEX, COLOR_WINDOWTEXT, RGB(0, 128, 0) MsgBox "Correct", , "Your result is..." 'Restore default value SetSysColors CHANGE_INDEX, COLOR_WINDOWTEXT, defaultColour End Sub
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This macro changes your MsgBox text color by temporarily changing your window text default color. It does this by using the SetSysColors API function from the user32 library.
The macro changes your text to red at first using the
To prove you’re really changing the system text color, let’s run the macro and open up a notepad with some text typed out. You’ll see that when your MsgBox text is red, your notepad text is red, too.
You’ll also see the text in your VBA editor and in Excel change. In other words, when you change the text color of your MsgBox, the color of almost anything with typed out windows text will temporarily change with it.
That’s why it’s important to change your system color back to the default value when you’re done. You don’t want to type in red or green text, do you?
If you noticed, the macro stored the starting text color into variable
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