Word Cloud in Excel

Updated on January 2, 2024
Article byJeevan A Y
Edited byAshish Kumar Srivastav
Reviewed byDheeraj Vaidya, CFA, FRM

A word cloud is also known as a tag cloud in Excel, which is a visual representation of text in Excel in different colors or formats. In a word cloud, the frequency of the representation of work is defined by the word’s font. It is made by using the SmartArt and shapes feature of Excel.

What is Word Cloud in Excel?

Word cloud is the collection of words to show in the form of visualization in Excel. We hope you have seen some of Excel’s best dashboards with numbers and creative visualizations. Dashboards range from classy fonts with attractive colors to some awesome stuff with them. You must have seen one of the peculiar dashboards with “Word Cloud.” It looks like a sophisticated software downloaded image, but it is not downloaded from anywhere but rather created with Excel VBA coding. Yes! You are correct. It has been created by VBA codingCreated By VBA CodingVBA code refers to a set of instructions written by the user in the Visual Basic Applications programming language on a Visual Basic Editor (VBE) to perform a specific task.read more. This article will show you how to create such a word cloud with Excel.

Word Cloud in Excel

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How to Create a Word Cloud in Excel?

You can download this Word Cloud Excel Template here – Word Cloud Excel Template

To create a word cloud in Excel, we need to have data of words and what are the colors we need for those words. Assume you are creating a word cloud of 30 Excel formulas. So, make a list of 30 Excel formulas in the worksheet.

wordcloud example 1.1

Write the above formulas to your worksheet in the first column.

Once you write the above formula names in column B, apply the RANDBETWEEN function for all the 30. Formulas are as follows: keep the bottom value 1 and the top value 250.

wordcloud example 1.10

Once the data is ready, we need to head to the Visual Basic Editor. First, create a user form like the one below in VBA.

wordcloud example 1.2

Now, we need to configure the userform in VBAUserform In VBAIn VBA, userforms are customized user-defined forms that are designed to accept user input in the form of a form. It has various sets of controls to add such as text boxes, checkboxes, and labels.read more here. For each button, we need to write code. Below is the code for each button.

Double click on the “Different Colors” button from the above user form and add the below code.

wordcloud example 1.5


Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()
ColorCopeType = 0
Unload Me
'This is for a different color
End Sub
word cloud example 1.3

Then, double click on the black-colored button and add the below code.

word cloud example 1.6


Private Sub CommandButton2_Click()
ColorCopeType = 1
Unload Me
'This is for black color
End Sub
word cloud example 1.4

Similarly, for all the other buttons, add the below codes.


Private Sub CommandButton3_Click()
ColorCopeType = 2
Unload Me
'This is for red color
End Sub

Private Sub CommandButton4_Click()
ColorCopeType = 3
Unload Me
'This is for green color
End Sub

Private Sub CommandButton5_Click()
ColorCopeType = 4
Unload Me
'This is for blue color
End Sub

Private Sub CommandButton6_Click()
ColorCopeType = 5
Unload Me
'This is for yellow color
End Sub

Private Sub CommandButton7_Click()
ColorCopeType = 6
Unload Me
'This is for white color
End Sub

Once we configure the code, we must declare the module’s variable on top.

word cloud example 1.7

Now, we need to write a code to create a word cloud, which is lengthy. Below is the code.


Sub word_cloud()

Dim WordCloud As Range
Dim x As Integer, y As Integer
Dim ColumnA As Range, ColumnB As Range
Dim WordCount As Integer
Dim ColumCount As Integer, RowCount As Integer
Dim WordColumn As Integer, WordRow As Integer
Dim plotarea As Range, c As Range, d As Range, e As Range, f As Range, g As Range
Dim z As Integer, w As Integer
Dim plotareah1 As Range, plotareah2 As Range, dummy As Range
Dim q As Integer, v As Integer
Dim RedColor As Integer, GreenColor As Integer, BlueColor As Integer


WordCount = -1

Set WordCloud = Sheets("Word Cloud").Range("B2:H7")
ColumnCount = WordCloud.Columns.Count
RowCount = WordCloud.Rows.Count

For Each ColumnA In Sheets("Formula List").Range("A:A")
If ColumnA.Value = "" Then
Exit For
WordCount = WordCount + 1
End If
Next ColumnA

Select Case WordCount
Case WordCount = 0 To 20
WordColumn = WordCount / 5
Case WordCount = 21 To 40
WordColumn = WordCount / 6
Case WordCount = 41 To 40
WordColumn = WordCount / 8
Case WordCount = 80 To 9999
WordColumn = WordCount / 10
End Select

WordRow = WordCount / WordColumn

x = 1

Set c = Sheets("Word Cloud").Range("A1").Offset((RowCount / 2 - WordRow / 2), (ColumnCount / 2 - WordColumn / 2))
Set d = Sheets("Word Cloud").Range("A1").Offset((RowCount / 2 + WordRow / 2), (ColumnCount / 2 + WordColumn / 2))
Set plotarea = Sheets("Word Cloud").Range(Sheets("Word Cloud").Cells(c.Row, c.Column), Sheets("Word Cloud").Cells(d.Row, d.Column))

For Each e In plotarea
e.Value = Sheets("Formula List").Range("A1").Offset(x, 0).Value
e.Font.Size = 8 + Sheets("Formula List").Range("A1").Offset(x, 0).Offset(0, 1).Value / 4

Select CaseSelect CaseA select case is a substitute for writing down multiple IF statements in VBA. In the case of many IF statements, it becomes tedious and more complex, but in select case statements, we define the criteria as different cases and results.read more ColorCopeType
Case 0
RedColor = (255 * Rnd) + 1
GreenColor = (255 * Rnd) + 1
BlueColor = (255 * Rnd) + 1
Case 1
RedColor = 0
GreenColor = 0
BlueColor = 0
Case 2
RedColor = 255
GreenColor = 0
BlueColor = 0
Case 3
RedColor = 0
GreenColor = 255
BlueColor = 0
Case 4
RedColor = 0
GreenColor = 0
BlueColor = 255
Case 5
RedColor = 255
GreenColor = 255
BlueColor = 100
Case 6
RedColor = 255
GreenColor = 255
BlueColor = 255
End Select

e.Font.Color = RGB(RedColor, GreenColor, BlueColor)
e.HorizontalAlignment = xlCenter
e.VerticalAlignment = xlCenter

x = x + 1
If e.Value = "" Then
Exit For
End If
Next e

End Sub

Copy and paste the above code to your module. For example, the worksheet with a formula list should be named “Formula List.” Then insert a new worksheet in excelInsert A New Worksheet In ExcelTo add a new worksheet, go to the bottom of the screen and press the '+' button. You can also navigate to 'Home', 'Insert,' and then 'Insert Sheet' to add a new sheet.read more and named it “Word Cloud.”

In the newly inserted sheet, adjust the zoom to 40% and adjust the row height to 85.

So, now execute the code in VBA by pressing the F5 button. You will see the color-choosing user form.

word cloud example 1.8

Choose the color as per your wish. If you do not want a single color, choose “Different Colors.” Then, we will get the word cloud in the “Word Cloud” sheet.

word cloud example 1.9

Like this, using VBA coding, we can create a word cloud.

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