VBA Global Variables

Some functions are defined inside a function and are used within the functions and some variables are defined outside of the functions and are used by all the functions and such variables are used as Global Variables, for example, the variables declared under the sub-function are known as Global Variables.

Global Variable in Excel VBA

Declaring a variable seems pretty simple, but to have good hands-on them, we need to understand the scope of those variables. Often we declare the variables for each macro inside the subprocedure every time. But by declaring one variable, we can use it in all the macros in the same module and the other modules of the current VBA project. In this article, we will show you how to declare Global Variables in Excel VBA.

What are Global Variables in Excel VBA?

VBA Global Variables are variables which are declared before the start of any macro in the module. When the variables are declared by using either “Public” or “Global,” it becomes “Global Variable.”

Sub Procedure Variables Cannot Use Anywhere.

We usually declare the variable inside the subroutine in VBASubroutine In VBASUB in VBA is a procedure which contains all the code which automatically gives the statement of end sub and the middle portion is used for coding. Sub statement can be both public and private and the name of the subprocedure is mandatory in VBA.read more by using the word “Dim.”

VBA Global Variable 1

Look at the above image. I have declared the variable “k” as integer inside the subprocedure Global_Example1.

Suppose we use this variable inside this Sub procedure at any point in time. However, I cannot use this variable in another sub procedure either in the same class module in VBAClass Module In VBAUsers have the ability to construct their own VBA Objects in VBA Class Modules. The objects created in this module can be used in any VBA project.read more or another module.

VBA Global Variable 1.1

As shown in the above image, the variable “k,” declared in the subprocedure Global_Example1, cannot be used in the Sub procedure Global_Example2.

Similarly, variable “j” declared in the subprocedure Global_Example2 cannot be used in the Sub procedure Global_Example1 even though both the subprocedures are in the same module.

How to Declare Global Variable in VBA?

The following are the ways to declare a global variable in excel VBA.

#1 – Module Variables can be used in any Sub Procedure in the Same Module

As we have seen, we cannot use the subprocedure variables in any of the modules. To make them available for all the Sub procedure in the same module, we need to declare the variables at the top of the module.

VBA Global Variable Example 1

In the above image, I have declared the variable at the start of the module only. I have expressed the variable “MyNumber” as Integer in Module 1.

Once the variable is declared at the top of the module, we can use the same variable for all the other Sub procedures in the same module. In this case, we can use the variable “MyNumber” for all the Sub procedures in Module 1.

VBA GlobalVariable Example 1-1

The problem is we cannot use them in any of the other modules. In this case, the variable “MyNumber,” declared in Module 1, cannot be used in Module 2.

VBA GlobalVariable Example 1-2.png

 #2 – Global Variables can be used in any Sub Procedure and also in any Module

Now we have seen two kinds of variable declaration and the scope of them while using. The exciting thing is we can declare the variable in any one of the modules and use it for all the Sub procedures in all the modules of the same VBA Project.

To make the variable available for all the Sub procedures across all the modules, we need to declare the variable at the top of the module not by using the word “Dim” but by using the name “Public” or “Global.”

VBA GlobalVariable Example 1-3

In the above image, you can see I have used the word “Public” to declare the variable instead of our veteran word “Dim.”

In the above screenshot, I have declared the variable in Module 1. I have two more modules, named Module 2 & Module 3.

Since I have declared the variable using the word “Public” at the top of the module, now I can access these variables in any sub procedure across any module of the same workbook.

Not only “Public,” but we can also use the word “Global” to declare the variable.

VBA GlobalVariable Example 1-4

Global & Public are the two keywords to declare the variable and make them available across modules in VBA.

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  1. Visitor says

    Thank you, that was very helpful :)

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      Thanks for your kind words!