Images in Userforms from file or web

Userforms in Excel can give a professional look and feel to any Excel project, database or data entry system. Several of our recent projects include dynamic pictures where the clients images are used to show stock from their own PC or directly from a webpage. Either way can be used to show any image from your hard drive or directly from a webpage.

The example code below should be added to a userform rather than a standard VBA module, in the userform initialize event. The example hard drive location should be changed to the location of a file on your own system, but the web based URL image will work directly.

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Copy this first part of the code into a VBA Module – say Module 1 for ease of reference. Please note this will NOT work on 64-Bit versions of Excel.

Private Declare Function URLDownloadToFile Lib "urlmon" Alias _
"URLDownloadToFileA" (ByVal pCaller As Long, ByVal szURL As String, ByVal _
szFileName As String, ByVal dwReserved As Long, ByVal lpfnCB As Long) As Long

Public Function DownloadFilefromWeb(url As String, fileName As String) As Boolean
DownloadFilefromWeb = URLDownloadToFile(0, url, fileName, 0, 0)
End Function

Then the following code goes into your userform.

Sub Button1_Click()

'Work with the pictures from a URL
Dim url_path As String
Dim file_path As String

url_path = I1
file_path = ThisWorkbook.Path & "\" & "Image.png"

' Download picture
DownloadFilefromWeb url_path, file_path

' Load picture
With Image1
.Picture = LoadPicture(file_path)
End With

' Delete Saved file
Kill file_path

End Sub

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