MS Office blogs from Wise Owl (page 4 of 7)

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Using Calendars in Microsoft Project 2010

Posted by Andrew Gould on 02 March 2012 | 8 comments

You can't do much in Microsoft Project without understanding how calendars work. Calendars control when work is allowed to happen, so it's important to set them up properly before you start planning your tasks. This blog teaches you how.

Protecting Worksheets and Workbooks in Excel

Posted by Andrew Gould on 28 February 2012 | no comments

If you've ever been annoyed by somebody else changing parts of your Excel workbooks it's a good idea to learn about protection to prevent them from doing it again!

Using Data Validation in Microsoft Excel

Posted by Andrew Gould on 28 February 2012 | no comments

If you're constantly frustrated by other people entering the wrong values in your spreadsheets why not learn how to use data validation to prevent them? This blog series explains how you can control what other people can do to your spreadsheet.

Advanced controls in userforms with VBA macros

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 February 2012 | 4 comments

The two previous parts of this mini-blog have shown how to draw forms and how to write code to handle form events. This final part shows how to add some of the more exotic controls to user forms, like combo boxes, list boxes, multipage controls, spinners and option buttons.

Tags:   Excel | Excel Visual Basic    |    VBA macros | User forms

Writing VBA macros to work with user forms

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 February 2012 | no comments

The previous part of this three-part series showed how to draw user forms; this part shows how to write macros to get them to work (the final part shows how to use some of the more advanced controls, such as combo boxes and MultiPages).

Tags:   Excel | Excel Visual Basic    |    VBA macros | User forms

Drawing UserForms in the VBA code editor

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 February 2012 | no comments

Learn how to create your own custom dialog boxes in VBA, using UserForms. This is the first part of a three-part series (the other parts are on Writing Code for UserForms and Creating Advanced Controls).

Tags:   Excel | Excel Visual Basic    |    VBA macros | User forms

Using Scenarios in Microsoft Excel

Posted by Andrew Gould on 27 February 2012 | no comments

Scenarios are incredibly useful when performing "what-if analysis". They allow you to quickly swap a range of input values to test different possibilities without having to retype any values. Read on to find out how they work!

Tags:   Excel | What-if analysis

Goal Seeking in Microsoft Excel

Posted by Andrew Gould on 24 February 2012 | no comments

Goal seeking in Excel allows you to approach calculations from the "result end" and get Excel to tell you what inputs you need in order to hit a specific target. Read on to find out how it works!

Tags:   Excel | What-if analysis

Writing functions for Excel using VBA

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 February 2012 | no comments

On-line training in writing functions using VBA, for use either within other VBA programs or within Excel itself.

Tags:   Excel | Excel Visual Basic    |    VBA macros | Functions

Arrays in Visual Basic for Applications macros

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 February 2012 | no comments

You can use arrays (multiple variables) in VBA to speed up code - and they are also invaluable for processing CSV files and the like.

Using enumerations in VBA

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 February 2012 | no comments

Excel and other MS Office applications make extensive use of enumerations - and you should too!

Using Styles in Microsoft Excel

Posted by Andrew Gould on 24 February 2012 | no comments

Constantly formatting cells in the same way can be one of the most tedious and time-consuming tasks in Excel. This blog teaches you how to use styles so that you can quickly apply consistent formatting across a range of cells.

Tags:   Excel | Formatting

Writing recursive programs in VBA

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 February 2012 | no comments

In certain cases in VBA (displaying the contents of folders, listing hierarchical data) writing a program which calls itself is by far the easiest way to go - this blog gives worked examples of 3 such recursive programs.

Tags:   Excel | Excel Visual Basic    |    VBA macros | General

Passing arguments to subroutines in VBA

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 February 2012 | 1 comment

To become an efficient programmer, you need to stop writing one long subroutine and start writing lots of small ones instead - and to do this, you're going to need to know everything there is to know about passing arguments.

Tags:   Excel | Excel Visual Basic    |    VBA macros | General

Linking to ADO databases with VBA

Posted by Andy Brown on 06 February 2012 | 1 comment

Learn how to write VBA macros to add, edit and delete data in Access, SQL Server and other databases, using something called ADO.

Tags:   Excel | Excel Visual Basic    |    VBA macros | References

Copy, rename, delete and move files and folders

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 January 2012 | 1 comment

By referencing the unintuitively named Microsoft Scripting Runtime object library you can write VBA code to access files and folders on your hard disk. This blog explains how, and gives a couple of worked examples.

Reading and writing to/from a text file using TextStreams

Posted by Andy Brown on 13 January 2012 | 2 comments

The easiest way to work with text files in VBA is using TextStream objects - this blog explains how they work.

How to choose files and folders in VBA

Posted by Andy Brown on 13 January 2012 | 1 comment

To make it easier for users of your VBA systems to choose files, you can show FileDialogs on screen. This blog explains what these are, and how to customise them.

Linking to the Microsoft Scripting Runtime library

Posted by Andy Brown on 13 January 2012 | no comments

In order to work efficiently with files and folders you first need to create a FileSystemObject. This blog explains how to do this!

Custom Tables in Microsoft Project

Posted by Andrew Gould on 13 January 2012 | no comments

If you find yourself constantly deleting and inserting columns every time you create a new project it might be time to consider creating a custom table that you can share between projects. This blog shows you how to do exactly that!

Tags:   Project | Custom fields