VBA for Beginners – Chapter 40 : CreateObject vs. GetObject

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VBA, or Visual Basic for Applications, is a programming language that is widely used in Microsoft Office applications such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. In VBA, the “CreateObject” and “GetObject” functions are used to work with objects in your code. Understanding the differences between these two functions and when to use each one is an important part of working with VBA.

The “CreateObject” function is used to create a new instance of an object. For example, if you want to create a new instance of Microsoft Excel, you would use the CreateObject function to create a new instance of the Excel application. This new instance can then be used to work with data in Excel, such as reading or writing to an Excel worksheet.

On the other hand, the “GetObject” function is used to retrieve an existing instance of an object. For example, if you have an existing instance of Microsoft Excel running on your computer, you can use the GetObject function to retrieve that instance and work with it in your code. This can be useful if you want to work with an existing instance of an object, rather than creating a new instance.

It’s important to note that the “CreateObject” function will create a new instance of an object every time it’s called, while the “GetObject” function will retrieve the first instance of an object that it finds. If you have multiple instances of an object running, you need to be careful when using the “GetObject” function, as it may retrieve the wrong instance of the object.

In conclusion, the “CreateObject” and “GetObject” functions are two important tools for working with objects in VBA. Understanding the differences between these two functions and when to use each one is essential for creating effective and efficient VBA code. Whether you’re new to programming or have experience with other programming languages, these functions are a great place to start for anyone looking to get more out of their VBA projects.


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