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Hello There!

I've a Project that it is used to schedule, launch, and run a given macro of excel workbooks.

Here's the code:
If File1.Text <> "" Then
                    xlApp = New Excel.Application
                    xlworkbook = xlApp.Workbooks.Open(File1.Text, Local:=True)
                    xlApp.Visible = True
                    If mymacro1 <> "" Then
                    End If

                    If mysave1 <> "" Then
                        fname = xlworkbook.Name
                        lpath = xlworkbook.Path & "\"
                        My.Computer.FileSystem.CopyFile(lpath & fname, mysave1 & fname, True)
                    End If
                    End If

What I'd like to know is that if it is possible to create an audit/log for each action in vba.

Currently, i've set such log to excel worbook by using:

I'd like to know if it's possible to set the vb project to read and write to a txt/csv every action done by the excel macro.

Best Regards,


What I have tried:

Currently, i've set such log to excel worbook by using:

Set mytxt = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set mylog = mytxt.createtextfile("Log_" & Now)
mylog.writeline Now & " | " & 'Action' 

But the intend is to create a button to enable/disable the creation of this log, without the need to code this into the excel macro.
Maciej Los 22-Mar-16 11:38am    
What is "action"? What do you mean? What do you want to achieve?
Fjcosta 22-Mar-16 13:00pm    
Here's an example of a code and an output:

Excel vba Code:
Sub sample()
DIm wb as workbook
dim ws as worksheet
dim fname as string
dim fsheet as string
set wb = thisworkbook
set ws = wb.sheets(1)
Dim fdate as string

fname =
fsheet =

fdate = format(now, "DDMMYYYY")
Set mytxt = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set mylog = mytxt.createtextfile("Log_" & fdate)
mylog.writeline Now & "|" & fname & " opening"
mylog.writeline now & "|" & fsheet & " Selected"

For each cell in range("A1:Az3")
mylog.writeline Now & "|" & cell.address & "|Evaluated"
if cell.value = "" then
cell.value = cell.address
mylog.writeline Now & "|" & Cell.address & "|Updated"
end if


Txt Name: Log_22032016

22-03-2016 15:40:33|sampleworkbook opening
22-03-2016 15:40:34|sampleworksheet selected
22-03-2016 15:14:34|a1|Evaluated
22-03-2016 15:14:34|a1|Updated
22-03-2016 15:14:34|b1|Evaluated
22-03-2016 15:14:34|b1|Updated
22-03-2016 15:14:34|c1|Evaluated
22-03-2016 15:14:34|d1|Evaluated
22-03-2016 15:14:34|d1|Updated



It doesn't need to be this accurate.. i just need something to control the duration events in excel.

Something like a major worksheet_change, in a bigger scale.
Maciej Los 22-Mar-16 14:03pm    
Well... this sounds very strange, because i have no idea:
1) why to use Excel macro to do some stuff, if you can fully control MS Excel direct from VB.NET code;
2) why to use obsolete objects/functions (such as: CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")) to create log file,
3) why do you want to log each event?
Patrice T 23-Mar-16 1:59am    
Your solution look weird.
What do you want to achieve? Why?
Fjcosta 23-Mar-16 9:02am    
In my opinion, they should just use ssrs to get the job done, but excel usage is a must.
1) The vba macros are already built; the user doesn't want to change his method of work. He just needs to schedule the files running time and which macro to use;
2) That's just an example sent to me in order to i get the idea, since i was also confused.
3) As far as i understand, this solution will be running in a remote desktop, saving the final files in a shared cloud. If something goes wrong or takes too much time, he wants to know. Mirroring excel events to a txt is really bugging me; I sugested editing the existing macro through "Don't get yourself with ideas" was the answer.


sent to me: to schedule(date and time) at least 5 excel files, with an option to choose up to 3 macros to run via textbox (insert vba macro name); the files shall be saved as .xlsx and in a user defined path, with a log(filename_ddmmyyyy.csv) that shall be deleted after 10 days. Remove any power saving setting since the pc must stay on.

as far as i could see, the files were linked to SQL Server through odbc; i asked about if the command would change, but no, just one of the parameters linked to a cell.

1 solution

Hey there,

Managed to do it through this link:[^]

Tks for the help

Best regards
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Patrice T 28-Mar-16 13:45pm    
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