Learn from the Wise Owl VBA guru!

Trying to learn to write VBA macros in Excel?  Our Andrew Gould has packed most of what he knows about VBA into a single, must-have book:

VBA Excel book

Over 340 pages of VBA goodness!

Read on to discover why this is the best book you can buy if you're teaching yourself to program in VBA in Excel (you'll also find out how to purchase it).

If you don't care about the details and you just want to purchase a copy you can do so here!

About the author

Andrew is uniquely well-placed to write this book.  Not only does he have an encyclopaedic knowledge of VBA (memorably, he rewrote the Flappy Bird app entirely in VBA - check out Flappy Owl), but he's also not bad at passing this knowledge on, in the form of classroom training, videos and blogs:

Medium Notes
Classroom Andrew has run 176 classroom courses on VBA in the last 10 years, training 705 people in total.
Videos Author of nearly 100 separate videos on VBA, all viewable through this site.
Blogs Co-author (with me, as it happens) of an entire VBA tutorial (also viewable on this site).

Any computer book requires two ingredients, rarely found in the same person:

Computer book recipe

Wise Owl are uniquely well-placed to offer this book on learning VBA in Excel (and who knows, there may even be others in the future).

About the book

Here's the front cover of our Introduction to Excel VBA book:

Introduction to Excel VBA

Here are the contents:

Chapter Title Pages
1 The Visual Basic Editor 6
2 Writing Simple VBA Code 14
3 Saving and Opening Files 6
4 Running VBA Code 8
5 Basic User Interfaces 8
6 Workbooks and Worksheets 10
7 Working With Ranges 14
8 Colours in VBA 2
9 Displaying Messages 6
10 User Inputs 10
11 Variables and Data Types 12
12 Constants and Enumerations 4
13 Working with Data 10
14 Testing Conditions 10
15 For Next Loops 4
16 Conditional Loops 4
17 How VBA Works 12
18 For Each Loops 6
19 Modular Code, Parameters and Functions 10
20 Recursive Programming 4
21 Debugging 10
22 Handling Errors 12
23 Arrays 8
24 Events 14
25 Creating User Forms 14
26 Running User Forms 4
27 Adding Code to Forms 12
28 Advanced Form Controls 16
29 Controlling Other Applications 16
30 Shapes 18
31 Connecting to Databases 14
32 Files and Folders 8
33 File Dialog Boxes 6
34 Class Modules 12
35 Collections and Dictionaries 12
36 VBA Quick Reference 6

The book comes with a full table of contents at the beginning and index at the end, and is printed on A4 paper, double-sided.

How to buy the book

If you like what you've read so far, you can purchase Introduction to Excel VBA here.

Lulu is a website which prints books on demand, and ships them anywhere in the world.  If you're based in the UK and ordering more than 10 copies, you can also contact us directly about purchasing the book.

Downloading the sample files

Once you've bought the book, you may want to download the sample files that it refers to. 

One final thing ...

To get the table above, I needed to go through all of the Word chapters stored on the Wise Owl network, getting the page number and chapter title for each.  I could have done this manually, but it would have taken ages and I'd have made lots of errors.  So instead I wrote a VBA program - and here it is:

Sub ListContents()

'to do with files and folders

Dim fso As New FileSystemObject

Dim fol As Folder

Dim ChapterFile As File

Dim doc As Document

'chapter and page numbering

Dim ChapterNumber As Integer

Dim PageCount As Integer

Dim PageNumber As Integer

'other variables used

Dim TableText As String

Dim ChapterName As String

'initially we have no chapters and no pages

TableText = ""

PageCount = 0

ChapterNumber = 0

'get location of files on Wise Owl drive (part omitted)

Set fol = fso.GetFolder("Q:\...")

'for each file

For Each ChapterFile In fol.Files

'check if it is a Word document

If Right(LCase(ChapterFile.Name), 5) = ".docx" Then

'get the chapter name

ChapterName = Left(ChapterName, InStr(1, ChapterName, ".") - 1)

'open the document and get page number at end

Set doc = Documents.Open(ChapterFile.Path)

Selection.EndKey Unit:=wdStory

PageNumber = Selection.Information(wdActiveEndPageNumber)

'close it back down again

doc.Close savechanges:=False

'add on this chapter number (some HTML omitted from string)

TableText = TableText & _

" HTML here " & ChapterNumber & " HTML here " & _

ChapterName & " HTML here " & PageNumber & _

" HTML here " & vbCrLf

'increase page count

PageCount = PageCount + PageNumber

End If

Next ChapterFile

'finished - show result in immediate window

Debug.Print TableText

End Sub

I've only included this to show what's possible.  The code above won't run on its own, and is not meant in any way to be part of a tutorial, but it does show one reason why VBA is useful to learn!

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18 Mar 21 at 23:10

Ok I just got thoroughly over-excited when I saw that you have a book! I retain things better when reading and without that soothing voice, hopefully it will be easier to stay awake! (For anyone reading this, I have narcolepsy, it's NOT that Andrew's videos are at all boring.) The only thing is it's from 2017. Is there perhaps an updated version coming out or maybe a smaller companion guide that outlines the newer things? I don't have a natural ability for computer stuff so if your picture doesn't look exactly like my screen, I can easily get lost. (I'm only exaggerating a little, unfortunately.)


19 Mar 21 at 05:37

Hi Lizzie, thanks for the clarification regarding using the videos as a sleeping aid!

We don't have any immediate plans for an updated edition of the book but the good news is that VBA has barely changed since 2017. In fact, the last major upgrade to VBA happened back in 2010!

If you're still worried that it might not be the book for you but you wanted some free written material, you might be interested in our self-paced VBA tutorial which you can see here. Each lesson has a video, a written transcript of the video (along with screenshots) and follow-up exercises for you to practise. It's a little more step-by-step than the book which is more of a VBA reference.

I hope that helps!

17 Jul 18 at 12:36

I would like to thank you Andrew for writting this book. It is very smooth, simple, and takes you through the topics in a very comprehensice way.

I am personally recommending this book along with all the related Video sessions you did in VBA for Excel.

Also, i would to emphasize that the quality of the material given in the book and the videos are very appreciated.

Keep it up.. And I kindly request you to provide us more video if possible, about Python, R Code.

Once again.. thank you so much..


Tamer Aziz

19 Jun 19 at 09:49

Hello Tamer

I'm Emre from Turkey. What is your email address? I want to ask specific question.

Please let me know.




19 Jun 19 at 19:05

Hi Tamer/Emer

I wouldn't encourage sharing an email address online, but if you both click on the CONTACT button at the top of this email and send your email addresses through, we'll be glad to put you in contact with each other! 

Andy (Brown)

18 Jul 18 at 06:47

Hi Tamer,

I'm happy to hear that you've found the book useful.  Many thanks for your kind comments and taking the time to post them here.

I'm afraid that I can't promise that there will be Python or R video series, although in the future, who knows?

Thank you again for your feedback, it's much appreciated.

27 Sep 17 at 01:12

My Introduction to Excel VBA has Arrived:

Andrew Gould: This one is for you!

Andrew, I know you have heard this before. However, it is worth repeating. You are the best. Everything I have learned about Excel VBA, I have learned from your videos. I watched your videos on Youtube for the past six months, and I have learned so much about Excel VBA is that time. About a week and a half ago I was trying to figure out how to get your courseware from all the way in Maryland, USA. Then I saw the Introduction to Excel VBA, and I had to have it.

Andrew, thank you again for all you do. Please let me know when the Advanced VBA book is ready for purchase. I can't wait.

Kind Regards

Logan A.



27 Sep 17 at 07:46

Hi Logan, many thanks for purchasing the book! I hope that you're enjoying it and finding it useful.

At the moment I'm not sure whether there will be an Advanced VBA book - this Introduction to Excel VBA book includes chapters on every topic that we cover on both our Introduction and Advanced VBA training courses. There are certainly more advanced things we could write about VBA but I think we'll wait to see how well this one sells first!

Thanks again and happy reading!