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Article ID: 205191 - Last Review: February 23, 2014 - Revision: 4.0

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If you run Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code by using the MsgBox function with code to display a Help button, the button does not appear in the message box.


The "MsgBox Function" Help topic in Visual Basic for Applications Help is incorrect. It includes a reference to a vbMsgBoxHelpButton constant. This constant is available in Microsoft Office 97 and Microsoft Office 2000 programs for Windows, but there is no Help button available by using MsgBox in Microsoft Office programs for the Macintosh.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


If you add the vbMsgBoxHelpButton constant to the "Style" line, as given in the example in the Help topic "MsgBox Function", and then you run the code, the code does not produce a Help button in the Office programs that are listed at the beginning of this article. You can use the code in macros for both Windows and Macintosh Office programs without error, but the Help button only appears in Office for Windows programs. For additional information about how to use the vbMsgBoxHelpButton constant in Excel 97 and Excel 2000 for Windows, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
164500  ( ) XL97: Help Argument for MsgBox Function Behaves Differently

  • Microsoft Excel 2004 for Mac
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2004 for Mac
  • Microsoft Word 2004 for Mac
  • Microsoft Excel X for Mac
  • Microsoft PowerPoint X for Mac
  • Microsoft Word X for Mac
  • Microsoft Excel 2001 for Mac
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2001 for Mac
  • Microsoft Word 2001 for Mac
  • Microsoft Excel 98 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 98 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 98 for Macintosh
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