# If Then Statement in Excel Vba

You are going to focus on the If statement. The If statement is a condition.

Conditions are very useful in programming because they allow the user to execute actions based on specific criteria (that the user defines). If is one of the most widely used and popular statement in excel VBA. The If statement is also sometimes referred to as the If else statement. The purpose of the If statement is to check whether the condition (or conditions) defined by the user are met or not.

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## Syntax

This is the syntax of the If statement:

```IF condition1 THEN 'What will the happen if the condition is met ELSE 'What will the happen if the condition is not met END IF```

Explanation: The user defines the condition after the if statement to check whether it’s true or false. If the condition is true than the user in the next line defines what the code will do. However if the condition are not met then the user uses the else statement after which he/she defines what will happen if the condition are not met.

Our program will take an input from the user and tell whether it’s a positive number or a negative number.

## The code

Click on Developer tab and select View Code.

A new window (Visual Basic Editor) will open which would have a dialog box in the center.

Write the following line of code in the dialog box.

```Sub Find_Negative() On Error GoTo catch_error Dim number As Integer number = InputBox("Enter the number: ") If number < 0 Then MsgBox "Entered number is negative!" Else MsgBox "Entered number is positive!" End If Exit Sub catch_error: MsgBox "Oops, Some Error Occurred" End Sub ```

After writing the code close the window by clicking on the cross(x) icon on the upper right side of the screen.

## Explanation

In this code, we are first taking the input from the user (the input must be a number).we are checking whether the modulus (Mod) of that number with 2 is zero or not. If its zero than this means that the number is divisible by 2 and thus we display a message box saying the number is positive. If its modulus with 2 is not zero than that number is not perfectly divisible by 2.

Hence we display a message box saying that the number is negative. However if the user instead of entering a number enters a letter or a special character (like @) than we display a message box saying that an error has occurred.

This is the result if the user has entered a positive number.

This is the result if the user has entered a negative number.

This is the result if the user has entered a special character or a letter.

That’s it; you have now successfully used the If statement.