VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) enables you to enhance and extend the capabilities of Microsoft® Excel® and other applications in the Microsoft® 365 application suite. You can use VBA to perform tasks that would be difficult or impossible to do using only worksheet functions, and you can automate a wide range of tasks so they can be performed faster, more consistently, and with less effort than performing them manually. This course will give you a good foundation for understanding, creating, and using VBA in your own Excel workbooks. You will learn how to use the macro recorder effectively, as well as how to write your own VBA code from scratch. You will use tools built into Excel to explore and learn VBA's capabilities and to optimize and debug your code.
In this course, you will develop and deploy VBA modules to solve business problems. You will:
- Identify general components of VBA and their appropriate use in solving business solutions.
- Record VBA macros to automate repetitive tasks.
- Write VBA code to create VBA subroutines and functions.
- Use various programming elements to solve problems through code, including variables, objects, conditional statements, and loops.
- Eliminate, avoid, or handle errors in VBA code, and optimize its performance.
Lesson 1: Using VBA to Solve Business Problems
Topic A: Use Macros to Automate Tasks in Excel
Topic B: Identify Components of Macro-Enabled Workbooks
Topic C: Configure the Excel VBA Environment
Lesson 2: Recording a Macro
Topic A: Use the Macro Recorder to Create a VBA Macro
Topic B: Record a Macro with Relative Addressing
Topic C: Delete Macros and Modules
Topic D: Identify Strategies for Using the Macro Recorder
Lesson 3: Writing VBA Code Directly
Topic A: Write VBA Code
Topic B: Discover Objects You Can Use
Topic C: Create a Custom Function
Lesson 4: Solving Problems Through Code
Topic A: Make Decisions in Code
Topic B: Work with Variables
Topic C: Perform Repetitive Tasks
Lesson 5: Improving Your VBA Code
Topic A: Debug VBA Errors
Topic B: Deal with Errors
Topic C: Improve Macro Performance
To ensure your success in this course, you should be an experienced Excel user who is comfortable creating and working with Excel workbooks, including tasks such as entering worksheet formulas, using absolute and relative addressing, formatting cells, and creating pivot tables and charts. This level of skill could be acquired by taking the Microsoft® Excel® for Office 365 (Desktop or Online) courses, Parts 1, 2, and 3.
This course is primarily designed for students who want to gain the skills necessary to use VBA to automate tasks in Excel such as collecting data from external sources, cleaning, and manipulating data. The target student may also want to learn how to create custom worksheet functions to streamline worksheet formulas and make complex worksheets easier to support, maintain, and understand.