Excel Programming with VBA

Days 3    Code EVBA10   Fee £990

Microsoft Excel 2010 is an extremely powerful tool that you can use to manipulate, analyze and present data, and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) gives you the ability to extend the application to find an easier way to perform a mundane, repetitive task, or to perform some task that the UI does not seem to address.

Course Details

Microsoft Excel 2010 is an extremely powerful tool that you can use to manipulate, analyze, and present data. Sometimes though, despite the rich set of features in the standard Excel user interface (UI), you might want to find an easier way to perform a mundane, repetitive task, or to perform some task that the UI does not seem to address. Fortunately, Office applications like Excel have Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), a programming language that gives you the ability to extend those applications.

VBA works by running macros, step-by-step procedures written in Visual Basic. Learning to program might seem intimidating, but with some patience and some examples such as the ones in this article, many users find that learning even a small amount of VBA code makes their work easier and gives them the ability to do things in Office that they did not think were possible. Once you have learned some VBA, it becomes much easier to learn a whole lot more-so the possibilities here are limitless.


Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Excel. Knowledge of PivotTables is helpful but not required.

  • Basic Mac OS X knowledge

  • Basic troubleshooting experience

Course Outline

Introducing Visual Basic for Applications
Displaying the Developer Tab in the Ribbon
Recording a Macro
Saving a Macro-Enabled Workbook
Running a Macro
Editing a Macro in the Visual Basic Editor
Understanding the Development Environment
Using Visual Basic Help
Closing the Visual Basic Editor
Understanding Macro Security

Working with Procedures and Functions
Understanding Modules
Creating a Standard Module
Understanding Procedures
Creating a Sub Procedure
Calling Procedures
Using the Immediate Window to Call Procedures
Creating a Function Procedure
Naming Procedures
Working with the Code Editor

Understanding Objects
Understanding Objects
Navigating the Excel Object Hierarchy
Understanding Collections
Using the Object Browser
Working with Properties
Using the With Statement
Working with Methods
Creating an Event Procedure

Using Expressions, Variables, and Intrinsic Functions
Understanding Expressions and Statements
Declaring Variables
Understanding Data Types
Working with Variable Scope
Using Intrinsic Functions
Understanding Constants
Using Intrinsic Constants
Using Message Boxes
Using Input Boxes
Declaring and Using Object Variables

Controlling Program Execution
Understanding Control-of-Flow Structures
Working with Boolean Expressions
Using the If…End If Decision Structures
Using the Select Case…End Select Structure
Using the Do…Loop Structure
Using the For…To…Next Structure
Using the For Each…Next Structure
Guidelines for use of Control-of-Flow Structures

Working with Forms and Controls
Understanding UserForms
Using the Toolbox
Working with UserForm Properties, Events, and Methods
Understanding Controls
Setting Control Properties in the Properties Window
Working with the Label Control
Working with the Text Box Control
Working with the Command Button Control
Working with the Combo Box Control
Working with the Frame Control
Working with Option Button Controls
Working with Control Appearance
Setting the Tab Order
Populating a Control
Adding Code to Controls
Launching a Form in Code

Working with the PivotTable Object
Understanding PivotTables
Creating a PivotTable Using Worksheet Data
Working with the PivotTable Objects
Working with the PivotFields Collection
Assigning a Macro to the Quick Access Toolbar

Debugging Code
Understanding Errors
Using Debugging Tools
Setting Breakpoints
Stepping through Code
Using Break Mode during Run mode
Determining the Value of Expressions

Handling Errors
Understanding Error Handling
Understanding VBA’s Error Trapping Options
Trapping Errors with the On Error Statement
Understanding the Err Object
Writing an Error-Handling Routine
Working with Inline Error Handling

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