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Change Cursor in Spreadsheet

This example shows how to change the cursor icon in an Excel® spreadsheet.

Create a COM server running a Microsoft® Excel application.

h = actxserver('Excel.Application');
h.Visible = 1;

Open the Excel program and notice the cursor.

View the options for the Cursor property. These values are enumerated values, which means they are the only values allowed for the property.

ans =

  4×1 cell array


Change the cursor to xlIBeam.

h.Cursor = 'xlIBeam';

Notice the cursor in the program.

Reset the cursor.

h.Cursor = 'xlDefault';

Close workbook objects you created to prevent potential memory leaks.


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