Sunday, March 02, 2008

Sleep Function in Excel VBA

Application.Wait as Sleep in VBA

You can use Application.Wait instead of sleep function to hold the process for a specified period of time.

Here is the way to achieve that:

Sub Setting_Sleep_Without_Sleep_Function()

Debug.Print Now

Application.Wait DateAdd("s", 10, Now)

Debug.Print Now

End Sub

The code will give the following output

02-03-2008 19:12:47
02-03-2008 19:12:57

If you still require the Sleep Method here is it for you:

Private Declare Sub Sleep Lib "kernel32" (ByVal dwMilliseconds As Long)

Here is a classical example of the use of Sleep function in a splash screen

Private Sub Form_Activate()

Sleep 1000
Unload Me

End Sub


  1. Anonymous6:20 PM

    The problem is this locks Excel. For QueryTables this means data cannot be returned to Destination as at least 2 seconds release time is required - and DoEvents is too quick.

  2. create a 1000x loop with doevents with a sleep 1, that will that way the doevents will not be so quick.


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