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Dear Damon,

I have a reporting tools work within excel (extract data from Oracle), to run this reporting tool, I login in (Add-Ins) which is have an icon related to this software.
My requirements: I need to run macro say (calculate Sheet 1, after finish, calculate Sheet 2, after finish, calculate Sheet 3....etc).
Reason: If I allow excel to calculate all sheets together, system will hang.

Note: calculate here means press (Alt + Ctrl + S) which is calculate sheet shortcut in our reporting tools.

Kindly advise.


Hi Mahmoud,

In VBA you can use the worksheet object's Calculate method to force a worksheet to calculate.  You can put this in a loop to calculate the sheets in sequence like this:

Sub SequentialCalc()
  'Calculates worksheets 1-3 on at a time in sequence
  Dim i    As Integer
  For i = 1 To 3
  Next i
End Sub

I did not use the worksheet names, but rather the worksheet indices because I assumed that Sheet1, Sheet2, and Sheet3 are the first 3 worksheet tabs in your workbook.  But to do it by sheet names you could use concatenation like this:

Sub SequentialCalc()
  'Calculates worksheets 1-3 one at a time in sequence
  Dim i    As Integer
  For i = 1 To 3
     Worksheets("Sheet" & i).Calculate
  Next i
End Sub

Here I'm assuming that the sheet names don't actually have a space between "Sheet" and the number.

I hope you find this helpful.

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Damon Ostrander


I have extensive experience with VBA programming in Excel 5 through Excel 2013. As a former aerospace engineer with a large aerospace corporation and consultant in a small defense technology services company, I have developed a wide range of applications in VBA, including simulations involving mixed-language programming, satellite orbit mechanics, graphics and animation, and real-time applications. I am interested in moderate to hard VBA-related questions only.


I have developed and taught several courses in Excel VBA programming and also VBA programming in Office 97, 2000, and 2007. I have developed a number of large technical applications in Excel VBA for use within the aerospace industry.

B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley.

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