Using Visual Basic (VBA) in Excel

By the end of this expert level three-day course, you will be confident in using the essential features of Excel Visual Basic to create simple spreadsheet solutions.

This course is for anyone who has never used Excel VBA (or any other Visual Basic package). This course is especially useful if you need to build spreadsheets that go beyond what Excel alone is capable of.

Course overview

What you will learn

By the end of this expert level Excel course, you will be able to:

  • Understand what Visual Basic is
  • Create macros to automate tasks, as well as understand their limits
  • Manipulate the values in your spreadsheet
  • Declare variables, and manipulate them
  • Write code which looks at a condition and carries out different actions accordingly
  • Write functions, frequently used pieces of code
  • Understand the Excel object model, and make use of its properties, methods and events
  • Trap errors, to avoid users seeing problems and find problems in your code
  • Write code which repeats an action a specified number of times

Course timetable

Day 1

Session 1 — Macros

  • Creating macros
  • Limits of macros

Session 2 — Editing Macros

  • Editing Macros in the Visual Basic Editor
  • Understand the Personal Workbook
  • Find and Replace
  • Deleting Macros

Session 3 — Introducing VBA

  • What is VBA?
  • Modules and procedures

Day 2

Session 1 — Collections

  • How to refer to objects in a collection
  • Using the Immediate Window to explore collections
  • Making code more succinct.

Session 2 — Variables

  • Defining and referring to variables

Session 3 — Error trapping and debugging

  • Types of Error
  • The Debug Toolbar
  • Breakpoints and Break Mode

Day 3

Session 1 — Built-in functions

  • MsgBox and InputBox Functions Revisited
  • String Manipulation Functions
  • Nesting Functions
  • Date Functions
  • Type Checking Functions

Session 2 — Control structures and Branching

  • If Statements
  • Data Validation
  • Select Case

Session 3 — Control structures and Looping

  • For… Next
  • For Each…
  • Do… loops.

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This course will run from 10am to 4:45pm (hot buffet lunch 1pm to 1:45pm) on all three days. Please be careful to arrive by 9:45am for registration and refreshments. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals. If you arrive over 30 minutes late you may be asked to leave and attend another day.

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