Decide what an INPUTBOX is supposed to return using VBA in Microsoft Excel

If you want to get any information from the user you can use the INPUTBOX-function.
This function displays a dialogbox that lets the user fill inn anything and returns the content as a string.
Sometimes you want to decide what the user is supposed to fill in, instead of accepting any information. That's when you use the INPUTBOX-method :

Sub DecideUserInput()
Dim bText As String, bNumber As Integer
    ' here is the INPUTBOX-function :
    bText = InputBox("Insert in a text", "This accepts any input")
    ' here is the INPUTBOX-method :
    bNumber = Application.InputBox("Insert a number", "This accepts numbers only", 1)
    MsgBox "You have inserted :" & Chr(13) & _
        bText & Chr(13) & bNumber, , "Result from INPUT-boxes"
End Sub

The INPUTBOX-method has a third argument, Type, that decides what the user is allowed to insert in the INPUTBOX-dialog.
Type can be one of the following :
Type :

Accepted input: 

0   A formula 
1   A number 
2   Text 
4   A logical value (True or False) 
8   A cell reference, e.g. a Range-object 
16  An error value, e.g. #N/A 
64  An array of values

When we run the macro we will get to see the following input boxes:



In this way we can get the result through message box.


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