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Introduction to VBA – Office 2013

This course is designed to give proficiency in the Visual Basic Editor (VBE), predominantly making use of Excel objects, basic VBA programming, event handling, control structures, and debugging tools.


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Learning Objectives

Delegates will learn how to:

  • Record and edit a macro recorded within Excel/Word
  • Use different techniques in order to run any macros available such as keyboard commands, the use of the Quick Access Toolbars or buttons
  • Use VBA and examine the Visual Basic Editor; change the properties of an object; add a module to a project; write the code for a procedure and then run it; and use the Object Browser to search procedures
  • Manipulate data by declaring variables of different data types; combine data by using expressions; use functions to accept input and display output; and declare variables and procedures with the appropriate scope
  • Use decision structures to create procedures that make decisions; and use loop structures to perform repetitive tasks
  • Create an error handling routine in case things go wrong with VBA code



  • Navigate, edit and manage Excel workbooks
  • Format worksheets and workbooks
  • Understand the difference between absolute and relative references
  • Understand the basics of Excel formulas and functions, e.g. Sum, text functions
  • Understand the concepts of a macro and its capabilities

Course Content

Lesson 1: Getting started

  • Introducing Visual Basic for Applications
  • Recording a Macro
  • Running a Macro
  • Absolute or Relative Cell Referencing
  • Saving and Opening Files with Macros
  • Adding Macros to Keyboard Shortcuts, Quick Access Toolbar, and Buttons
  • Editing a Macro in the Visual Basic Editor
  • Understanding the Development Environment
  • Tips for General Typing in VBA
  • Using Visual Basic Help

Lesson 2: Working with Procedures

  • Program Design
  • Understanding Modules
  • Creating a Module
  • Understanding Procedures
  • Programming Macro Concepts
  • Creating a Subroutine
  • Creating a Function
  • Understanding Arguments
  • Exiting Procedures
  • Calling Procedures

Lesson 3: Understanding Objects, Properties, Methods and Events

  • Understanding Objects Properties, Methods and Events
  • Navigating the Object Hierarchy
  • Understanding Collections
  • Using the Object Browser
  • Using the With Statement
  • Working with Properties
  • Working with Methods
  • Creating an Event Procedure

Lesson 4: Using Expressions, Variables and Intrinsic Functions

  • Naming Rules
  • Understanding Expressions and Statements
  • Declaring Variables
  • Understanding Data Types
  • Determining the Value of Variables
  • Working with Variable Scope
  • Using Built-in VBA Functions
  • Understanding Constants
  • Using Built-in VBA Constants
  • Using Message Boxes
  • Controlling the Answer to a Message Box
  • Using Input Boxes
  • Declaring and Using Object Variables

Lesson 5: Controlling Program Execution

  • Understanding Control-of-Flow Structures
  • Using the If...End If Decision Structures
  • Using the Select Case ... End Select Structure
  • Using the Do ... Loop Structure
  • Using the For ... Next Structure
  • Using the For Each ... Next Structure
  • Guidelines for Use of Control-of-Flow Structures

Lesson 6: Working with Forms and Controls

  • Understanding UserForms
  • Using the Toolbox
  • Working with a Form's Properties, Methods and Events
  • Working with Form and Control Properties, Methods and Event
  • Working with Form Controls
  • Setting the Tab Order
  • Populating a Control
  • Adding Code to Controls

Lesson 7: Debugging and Handling Errors

  • Understanding Errors
  • Using Debugging Tools
  • Setting Breakpoints and Using Break Mode
  • Stepping Through Code
  • Trapping Errors with the On Error Statement
  • Understanding the Err Object
  • Working with Inline Error Handling
  • Writing an Error-Handling Routine
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