Introduction to VBA in Microsoft Excel
Programming with VBA in Excel allows for spreadsheet manipulation that may be awkward or even impossible with standard spreadsheet techniques. This may be accomplished by writting code directly in the Visual Basic Editor (VBE), which includes a window for writing code, debugging code, and code module organization. To find out how to access the VBE by adding the developer toolbar to your excel 2007, 2010 and 2013 versions of Excel, please follow the appropriate link in the Related Articles section.
VBA within Excel can be used to automate a variety of tasks from numeric calculations to formatting, data organization. and can even be used to automate other Microsoft Office products through a process called OLE Automation. With the ability to accomplish so many tasks using VBA in Excel, it’s no wonder that Excel is the most popular application for writing VBA code.
When learning about VBA in excel it’s very important that a programmer become familiar with the Excel Object Model. The object model is a representation of how all the different objects within Excel (Workbooks, Worksheets, Ranges, Cells etc.) interact with each other. By understanding the relationship of these objects, even if just at a high level, will make VBA much easier to develop in. Please follow this link for a high level tutorial on the Excel Object Model.
Once you have an understanding of the Excel Object Model I’m sure you’ll want to start writing your own code. If you are the kind of person who likes building everything from scratch, check out our code snippets section or if you’d prefer to work with some concrete and practical examples you can find them in our tutorials section.
- Turning on the Developer Ribbon Tab in Excel 2007
- Turning on the Developer Ribbon Tab in Excel 2010 and 2013
- Overview of the Excel Object Model
- Excel Tutorials
- Excel Code Snippets