Excel for Advanced Users: What is a Macro? Live Online Learning Course

Would you like to learn how to automate repetitive tasks in Excel? Then this session is for you. This 90-minute Level 3 session for advanced Excel users provides an introduction to the basics of creating and editing a Macro. You do not need to have used Macros or Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) before.

This course is only available for private bookings, either for groups or as a one-to-one, held online via Zoom — please get in touch for availability.

Course Overview


This course is aimed at those who are comfortable with using Excel to an intermediate to advanced level. Learners will be introduced to how to automate repetitive tasks by learning how to record macros.

What you will learn

By the end of this 90-minute session, you will be able to:

  • State what a Macro is and list some of the benefits
  • Record a simple Relative and Absolute Macro
  • Run a simple Macro from a Button and/or Shortcut
  • Edit a simple Macro in the VBA Editor Window
  • Save a Macro Enabled Workbook

Course timetable

  • What is a Macro?
  • What are the Benefits of Creating Macros?
  • Enabling the Developer tab
  • Relative vs. Absolute Macros
  • How to Record a Macro in Excel
  • How to Run a Macro
  • How to edit a Macro using the Visual Basic Editor
  • How to save a Macro enabled Workbook

This course will be taught in the latest version of Excel. We can train this in older versions if needed — please get in touch for more information and availability.

Information for Mac users

If you are a Mac user, please let us know when booking and you can use your Mac as normal. We provide a PDF with shortcuts for Mac users and your trainer will refer to this throughout the training.

Related Courses

We also offer the following more advanced Excel courses:

Group Learning Events

If you have three or more learners, a private group course could be cheaper.

We can tailor the content to your team, and host the training remotely, at your workplace or here at Happy's HQ in Aldgate, Central London.

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Get in touch

This course is only available as a one-to-one or private group booking.

For pricing and availability, send us a message using the form below, or speak to an Account Manager straight away by calling us on 020 7375 7300 or using our Live Chat service in the bottom right of your screen!

The Small Print

The course will run remotely for 90 minutes. 

All learners will need to install Zoom on their machines. Full technical requirements are on the Zoom website. Your link will be included in your joining instructions once you have booked your place — if you haven't received this email then please contact our team.

Learners should log into the training session 10 minutes before the start time to ensure that they have downloaded and set up Zoom correctly. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals.

Your active participation is expected: everyone will be heard and seen throughout, just as they would be if we were in a room together. To be heard, hear and seen you will need a microphone, speakers and camera – if you have a modern laptop that’s all you will need. Remember, you’ll need a quiet place to call from and a decent internet connection is a must.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.

The happy Guarantee

We want everyone to go away from our courses feeling as though they have learnt useful, practical skills that they can use straight away when they go back to work.

If you don’t feel that your training has been useful or if you are unhappy in any way, just get in touch with our Customer Services team within 30 days of the course. We will be happy to offer you additional support and training free of charge to help you to gain the skills you need, or if you’d prefer, a full refund.

Your post-course support package

  • Included in the price of both online and classroom programmes
  • 2 years of free access to our IT Helpline
  • Unlimited access - call or email our team as often as you need
  • Ask about any content covered on your course