Using Scripts to Manage Excel's Error Checking Options

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

Mapping the Dialog Box to the Excel Object Model

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

Error Checking

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 Error Checking tab in the Options dialog box in Microsoft Excel 2003.

Set objExcel = CreateObject("Excel.Application")

Wscript.Echo "Enable background error checking: " & _
Wscript.Echo "Error indicator color: " & _
Wscript.Echo "Evaluates to error value: " & _
Wscript.Echo "Text date with 2 digit years: " & _
Wscript.Echo "Number stored as text: " & _
Wscript.Echo "Inconsistent formula in region: " & _
Wscript.Echo "Formula omits cells in region: " & _
Wscript.Echo "Unlocked cells containing formulas: " & _
Wscript.Echo "Formulas referring to empty cells: " & _
Wscript.Echo "List data validation error: " & _


Sample Code for Modifying Values

Sample script that enables error checking of formulas referring to empty cells.

Set objExcel = CreateObject("Excel.Application")

objExcel.ErrorCheckingOptions.EmptyCellReferences = TRUE


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