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The different Wise Owl courses for VBA explained

We've split our introductory VBA training courses into Excel macros and Access Visual Basic, but our advanced VBA course also applies to Word, PowerPoint and other MS Office applications.  We also offer a three-day fast-track VBA course.

This page gives an idea of what you'll learn on our VBA courses, but you can see far more at our main VBA training courses page.

Excel VBA course

Our two-day introduction to VBA in Excel course will show you how to create basic macros, including selecting cells and declaring variables.  Here's an example:

Sub RecordVote()


'the name of each superhero

Dim HeroName As String

'the rating assigned to them

Dim HeroRating As Long

'go to the votes sheet and get the value of the superhero, and their rating


HeroName = Range("C4").Value

HeroRating = Range("C6").Value

'go to top of results



'go to first blank cell


ActiveCell.Offset(1, 0).Select

'write variable values into this blank row

ActiveCell.Value = HeroName

ActiveCell.Offset(0, 1).Value = HeroRating

'copy formats from cell above (included here just to make macro complete)

Range(ActiveCell.Offset(-1, 0), ActiveCell.Offset(-1, 1)).Copy

ActiveCell.PasteSpecial xlPasteFormats

Application.CutCopyMode = False

End Sub

However, by day two you'll be writing some fairly ambitious macros, including looping over collections:

Sub CloseAllButCodeWorkbooks()


'a reference to each workbook in turn

Dim wb As Workbook


'for each of the open workbooks ...

For Each wb In Workbooks


'if it isn't this one containing the code (note that you can't directly compare two workbooks: instead, you must see if they have the same name)


If wb.Name <> ThisWorkbook.Name Then

'it's not the same - close it down, giving user a chance to save changes (this is the default)



End If


'now go on automatically to the next workbook


Next wb


End Sub

Access VBA course

Our two-day Access Visual Basic course will show you how to create VBA code within Access.  Everything from simple event-handlers ...

Private Sub btnCourses_Click()


'open the courses form

DoCmd.OpenForm "frmCourse"

End Sub

... through linking to recordsets ...

Sub CheckLinks()

'this routine checks that all inserted links are valid

rsError.Open "tblCheckError", CurrentProject.Connection, _

adOpenDynamic, adLockOptimistic

Do Until rsError.EOF




Dim rsField As New ADODB.Recordset

rsField.Open "SELECT * FROM tblCheckField ORDER BY FieldName", _


Do Until rsField.EOF

TableName = rsField("TableName")

FieldName = rsField("FieldName")

FieldIdName = rsField("FieldId")


Debug.Print "Checking table " & UCase(TableName)






End Sub

... to looping over collections and more complex code:

Public Function IsOpen(ThisForm) As Boolean


'Determine if form is open

'Loop variable

Dim f As Form

' Return value

IsOpen = False

'Loop through all open forms until we find one with given name

For Each f In Forms

If f.Name = ThisForm Then

IsOpen = True

Exit For

End If

Next f

End Function

Advanced VBA course

Our two-day advanced VBA course is aimed at people who already know Visual Basic for applications, and want to learn about referencing other applications, using file dialog boxes, creating classes, passing arguments by reference or value, recursive programming and the like.  To give you a taste, here's the sort of macro you'll learn from the advanced VBA course:

Sub RequestLetter()


'try consuming your class!

Dim Guess As New clsLetterGuess

'keep guessing until letter guessed or too many goes


'display what was guessed

If Len(Guess.LetterGuessed) = 0 Then

MsgBox "No letter guessed"


MsgBox "You guessed " & Guess.LetterGuessed

End If

'now get rid of the object (the garbage collector will

'do this anyway, so this line is not strictly


Set Guess = Nothing

End Sub

If you don't think this looks that complicated, bear in mind that clsLetterGuess is an object which we've created!

Three-day fast-track VBA course

This fast-track course combines:

  • All of the topics from the two-day Introduction to Excel VBA course; and
  • Most of the topics from the two-day Advanced VBA course (the big omission is class modules, which notwithstanding the above we don't actually think are that useful in VBA).

The course is aimed at people who have a very good aptitude for VBA. 

Further programming training

If your ambitions lie beyond MS Office, you might like to consider our other programming courses:

See our VBA page for more details on all things to do with Visual Basic for Applications training.

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