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Excel VBA Part 1 - The VB Editor

Posted by Andrew Gould on 10 May 2013

Before you can start writing VBA code for Excel you need to understand how to use the tool that you'll use to do your programming. This video teaches you how to get started using the Visual Basic Editor, including how to get into the application from various versions of Excel, how to work with the various windows, how to modify the default settings and how to work with modules. You won't learn how to write any code here, but this video will ensure your life will be as easy as possible when you do!

Excel VBA Part 2 - Writing Your First Macro

Posted by Andrew Gould on 10 May 2013

VBA, or Visual Basic for Applications, is a powerful tool that you can use to automate Microsoft Excel. This video introduces you to the basics of writing code in the VB Editor, including how to create a new module, how to write a subroutine, some best practice guidelines for laying out your code and adding comments, and how to write simple VBA instructions. We'll also show you how to run the simple procedure that you'll write, and how to ensure that you can save your code and reopen the file which contains it.

Excel VBA Part 3 - What To Do When Things Go Wrong

Posted by Andrew Gould on 10 May 2013

If you've written at least one subroutine in VBA you'll probably already be familiar with the feeling of frustration when things don't work! This video teaches you about the different types of error that you're likely to encounter when programming in VBA and what to do when things go wrong. You'll learn the difference between syntax, compile and runtime errors, when each type is likely to happen and we'll even show you a few useful debugging techniques to help you when you're trying to figure out what went wrong!

Excel VBA Part 4 - Buttons, Toolbars and Keyboard Shortcuts

Posted by Andrew Gould on 10 May 2013

As a developer you'll be used to running most of your code from within the Visual Basic Editor environment. Your users, on the other hand, are more likely to require a simple interface (most likely involving buttons to click) that they can use to run your code. This video covers the main ways to provide users with the means to run your code including keyboard shortcuts, buttons and drawing objects with attached macros. We'll even show you how to customise the ribbon and toolbars in Excel for that extra, professional touch!

Excel VBA Part 5 - Selecting Cells

Posted by Andrew Gould on 23 May 2013

You won't get far in Excel VBA without understanding how to refer to cells! This fairly long video covers most of the common, and some uncommon, techniques for selecting and referring to cells. You'll learn how to select cells by cell reference using the Range property, how to refer to cells by row and column number using the Cells property, and how to refer to the currently selected cell using the Activecell property. We also cover how to select multiple cells and how to refer to range names as well as a variety of relative selection tricks such as using the End property to jump to the bottom of a list, using the Offset property to move a specific number of rows and columns, and how to select an entire region of data with one simple instruction. Along the way you'll also learn several techniques for formatting and modifying cells, as well as how to copy and paste data in VBA.

Excel VBA Part 6 - Worksheets, Charts and Sheets

Posted by Andrew Gould on 09 November 2013

In order to navigate a workbook using VBA it's essential to understand how to refer to, activate and select the various types of sheet. This video explains the difference between worksheet, chart and sheet objects and also demonstrates how to select, copy, move, delete and rename them. You'll also see how to change the visibility of the sheets in a workbook, including how to make sheets not just hidden, but VERY hidden!

Excel VBA Part 7 - Working with Workbooks

Posted by Andrew Gould on 17 January 2014

This video explains the basics of working with Workbooks in Excel VBA. You'll lean several techniques for referring to workbooks, including the difference between ActiveWorkbook and ThisWorkbook. You'll also find out how to open existing workbooks and create new ones, including how to create a workbook based on a template. Finally, the video looks at various techniques for saving files, including how to provide a filename and a location, and how to change the file type.

Excel VBA Part 8 - Variables in VBA

Posted by Andrew Gould on 21 January 2014

Variables are essential in all sorts of programming languages, and VBA is no exception. This video takes you through the basics of working with simple data-type variables and will explain the difference between non-declared and explicitly-declared variables, including why explicitly-declared variables are worth the effort! You'll see how to choose the best data type for your variables as well as learn about the consequences if you get it wrong. Finally you'll find out what the 'scope' of a variable means and how to set the scope appropriately for the subroutine that you're writing.

Excel VBA Part 9 - Object Variables

Posted by Andrew Gould on 22 January 2014

Object variables in VBA allow you to store references to objects in memory. They're slightly more complex to use than basic data-type variables, but well worth the effort and this video explains why! You'll learn how to declare object variables and how to set references to existing objects. The video also shows you how to return references to objects using the methods of other objects with examples including generating new workbooks and worksheets, as well as using the Find method to reference cells.

Excel VBA Part 10 - Message Boxes

Posted by Andrew Gould on 23 January 2014

Message boxes in VBA provide a convenient way to display information to a user. This video shows you all you need to know to get started with showing messages, customising the message box and using it to ask users for input.

Excel VBA Part 11 - Input Boxes

Posted by Andrew Gould on 27 January 2014

In VBA an Input Box is a convenient way to ask users for information. This video shows you how to display and customise a basic inputbox, and how to capture the result using cells or variables. You'll also see what happens if a user cancels from the inputbox and how to test if that happens. The final part of the video goes into more technical detail on returning inputbox results to variables with different data types.

Excel VBA Part 12 - With Statements

Posted by Andrew Gould on 30 January 2014

A With Statement in VBA is a great way to make your code a lot neater and a bit more efficient. This short video shows you how to use With statements in your code and explains why they can be so useful.

Excel VBA Part 13.1 - If Statements in VBA

Posted by Andrew Gould on 31 January 2014

An IF Statement allows you to test whether a condition is met and then perform different actions based on the result. This video takes you from writing simple IF statements, through nested Ifs, ElseIfs and even how to combine logical tests using the And and Or operators.

Excel VBA Part 14.1- Select Case Statements

Posted by Andrew Gould on 03 February 2014

Select Case statements in VBA are similar to If statements in that they allow to test whether conditions are met and perform different actions based on the result. This video explains how to use Select Case statements in your code, including the various ways to phrase a logical test, how to separate numbers into bands, how to test for lists of values and how to create nested Select Case statements.

Excel VBA Part 15.1 - Do Until and Do While Loops

Posted by Andrew Gould on 06 February 2014

Do Loops in VBA allow you to carry out a set of instructions repeatedly until some kind of condition is met. This video teaches you about the basics of the Do Loop statement including how to write Do Until and Do While loops, where to place your conditional statements and how to exit from a loop. The final part of the video provides a couple of longer examples using Do Loops.

Excel VBA Part 16 - For Next Loops

Posted by Andrew Gould on 07 February 2014

You can use a For Next Loop to tell your program to repeat a set of instructions a number of times. This video teaches you how to construct a For Next statement, how to control how many times your loop will run, as well as which direction it will run in. The video also includes several practical examples of using a For Next Loop to process the items in a collection such as worksheets, workbooks and cells.

Excel VBA Part 18 - Creating Functions

Posted by Andrew Gould on 17 February 2014

A VBA function is a procedure that can return a value and this video teaches you how to create them. You'll learn how to declare a function and how to add parameters, including optional parameters and default values. You'll also see several ways to call the functions you've written, including from other VBA procedures and from an Excel worksheet. The video also talks about how to rewrite existing subroutines to replace repetitive code with functions.

Excel VBA Part 17 - For Each Loops

Posted by Andrew Gould on 10 February 2014

A For Each Loop is used to loop over a collection of objects and there are lots of good reasons for wanting to do that in Excel VBA! This video takes you from the basics of the For Each Next statement and using object variables through several examples of looping over worksheets, workbooks, chartobjects and cells and, finally, into writing nested loops for even more power.

Excel VBA Part 19 - Error Handling

Posted by Andrew Gould on 24 February 2014

Almost every procedure you write in VBA has the potential to go wrong at some point! Writing error handling code allows your procedures to fail gracefully instead of dumping the user out into the run time error dialog box. This video teaches you all about the On Error statement including how to ignore errors, how to trigger a custom error handler and how to resume running your code after an error has occurred. Towards the end of the video you'll also encounter the Err object which allows you to interrogate the error that has occurred and even raise your own custom errors.

Excel VBA Part 20 - Event Procedures

Posted by Andrew Gould on 28 February 2014

Writing Event Procedures allows you to create subroutines which run automatically in response to events in a workbook. This video teaches you how to access the events of an object and start writing event procedures for both workbooks and worksheets. You'll also see how to cancel certain events and how to disable events, as well as how to use the parameters of an event procedure.

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11 Mar 17 at 19:55

First of all I would like to congratulate you for this incredible series of videos about VBA.
Through you, I have been able to improve and learn more and more my knowledge in Excel and VBA.
I would like to know if you are going to, or intend to release, any video about Regular Expressions (RegExp) for Excel / VBA?
It is a very interesting and very powerful subject for queries, validations, ect. But little used or demonstrated by the communities.
Again, thank you for the dedication and high quality of your teaching.
A hug from Brazil!

Maux :)

12 Mar 17 at 17:29

That's the second question on Regular Expressions I've had this week! The topic has been on my list for some time, I simply haven't had time to plan and create a video on the subject yet. Perhaps I should move this topic a little further up the list and aim to create something in the near future.

Thank you for the kind comments and for watching!

13 Mar 17 at 15:59

Thank you and congratulations again for the work you have done!

09 Mar 17 at 00:03

I'm developing an Excel VBA program, but I'm having a problem. I need to download a Captcha image from this site

09 Mar 17 at 10:37

I think the answer is to use the URLDownloadToFile function, which you can see our video on here

06 Dec 16 at 13:30

I have a workbook with 4 sheets.  Three of these sheets have employees that are scheduled daily, the fourth is the actual schedule.  What I would like to accomplish is when I schedule that person he or she is highlighted on the other sheets to help identify who we can and cannot use. I am fairly new to VBA, but extremely excited to learn something new.  Thank you so much for you time and any assistance woould be greatly appreciated. 

06 Dec 16 at 18:02

The question is a bit vague, and I suspect this answer won't help much.  What I'd do is follow through the videos or blogs on our website for now. 

However, here's a macro to colour in all the cells in range A1:A3 which contain the name Bill.  You could obviously modify this to work with any range and any name. 

Sub ColourPeople()

    Dim PersonCell As Range
    Dim PersonRange As Range
    'set a variable to refer to the range where people can be found
    Set PersonRange = Range("A1:A3")
    'colour in all the people with the right name
    For Each PersonCell In PersonRange.Cells
        If PersonCell.Value = "Bob" Then
            PersonCell.Interior.Color = vbGreen
        End If
    Next PersonCell
End Sub

Exactly when and how you'd call this macro would depend on exactly what you were trying to achieve.