By Michael Alexander, John Green, Stephen Bullen, Rob Bovey

Prepare to take your Excel functions to the subsequent point via harnessing the facility of the VBA language. This accomplished source may also help you achieve extra keep watch over over your spreadsheets through the use of VBA whereas additionally displaying you ways to strengthen extra dynamic Excel purposes for different clients. From introductory techniques to complicated developer subject matters, it publications you thru each point of Excel 2007, together with the Ribbon and the XML dossier codecs.

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In addition, the recorded macro is likely to run much more slowly than code written by someone with knowledge of VBA. To set up interactive macros that can adapt to change and also run quickly, and to take advantage of more advanced features of Excel such as customized dialog boxes, you need to learn about VBA. Don’t get the impression that we are dismissing the macro recorder. The macro recorder is one of the most valuable tools available to VBA programmers. It is the fastest way to generate working VBA code, but you must be prepared to apply your own knowledge of VBA to edit the recorded macro to obtain flexible and efficient code.

Use a lowercase m. Alternatively, you can use an uppercase M. In this case, when you later want to run the macro, you need to use the keystroke combination Ctrl+Shift+M. It is not mandatory to provide a shortcut key; you can run a macro in a number of other ways, as you will see. In the Description: box, you can add text that will be added as comments to the macro. These lines will appear at the top of your macro code. They have no significance to VBA, but provide you and others with information about the macro.

A recurring theme in this book is recording an Excel macro and then showing how to adapt the recorded code. In this chapter, you learn how to use the macro recorder and you see all the ways Excel provides to run your macros. You see how to use the Visual Basic Editor to examine and change your macros, thus going beyond the recorder and tapping into the power of the VBA language and the Excel object model. You can also use VBA to create your own worksheet functions. Excel comes with hundreds of built-in functions, such as SUM and IF, which you can use in cell formulas.

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