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Classroom training -  Fast track Excel VBA

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Excel VBA programming - intensive three-day course

Live online training course - classroom version also available

Three days (09:30 to 16:30 UK time each day)

Our two-day Introduction to VBA course will be sufficient for most people to get them up and running with the programming language built into Microsoft Office.  However, there are some important omissions from the two-day introductory course, which the three-day fast-track course has time to cover.  Notably:

  • Getting Excel to talk to other Office applications using VBA;
  • Reading and writing text files; and
  • Programming with arrays.

For fast groups the three-day course will also have time to cover linking to databases using VBA.  You should only consider attending this fast-track course if you consider yourself to be quick at picking up new software.

Course schedule

Here are our next few online Fast track Excel VBA course dates:

Dates Times Price (excl. VAT)
04-06 Aug 09:30-16:30 £995 Book
20-22 Oct 09:30-16:30 £995 Book
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Got a handful of like-minded people in your organisation? You could consider creating your own customised online course to run on a date convenient to you).

Course Contents

This fast-track course combines topics from the following other Wise Owl courses:

From our EXCEL VBA MACROS course

Recording macros and buttons

  • Absolute and relative recording
  • Where macros can be stored
  • Assigning macros to buttons

Selecting cells

  • Selecting cells (absolute)
  • Selecting cells (relative)
  • Selecting to the end of a block
  • Selecting a range by its corners

The VB code editor

  • Using Project Explorer
  • Creating modules
  • Basic subroutines and comments

Messages and variables

  • Input boxes and message boxes
  • Declaring variables
  • Option Explicit
  • Scope of variables
  • Constants

Visual Basic explained

  • The Excel object model
  • Objects and collections
  • Methods and properties
  • Getting help in VBA

Loops and conditions

  • Simple IF conditions
  • Multiple IF and SELECT / CASE
  • Three main types of loop

Looping over collections

  • Object variables
  • Looping over collections

Event handling

  • Assigning macros to events
  • Cancelling events

Functions

  • Declaring functions
  • Passing arguments

Debugging and error handling

  • Setting breakpoints
  • Stepping through macros
  • ON ERROR statements

Forms

  • Drawing forms
  • Attaching macros to controls
  • Validating form input
From our ADVANCED VBA course

Links to other applications

  • Referencing other applications
  • Instantiating objects
  • Writing inter-application code

FileSystemObjects

  • Referencing FileSystemObjects
  • Working with files and folders

FileDialogs

  • Using FileDialogs
  • Allowing multiple selection

Working with text files

  • Avoiding using INPUT/OUTPUT
  • Reading and writing text files

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Linking to data

  • ADO or Access Database Engine
  • Referencing the right library
  • Opening and using recordsets

Arrays

  • Creating and populating arrays
  • Dynamic arrays
  • The PRESERVE keyword

Passing arguments

  • ByRef and ByVal
  • Using optional arguments
  • Using ParamArray

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Advanced programming ideas

  • Using functions in code
  • Recursive programming
  • Enumerations

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Working with shapes

  • Adding shapes
  • Positioning shapes
  • Formatting shapes

You can download a PDF file giving the course contents.

Benefits of our online training

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl online courses:

  • Maximum of 5 people per class
  • Excellent colour courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Pre-course set-up included in the days before the course
  • No need to install any software on your computer
  • All courses given by one of our 6 Wise Owl trainers
  • 548 references viewable online

What other people have said

Many thanks to those listed below for kindly agreeing to let us use their names. All of the reviews are from the last 3 calendar years (although some may be for classroom courses):

"The course was excellent. One would expect a company offering such courses would have capable, competent and knowledgeable tutors leading the class. Our trainer met that bar easily, but she was also very engaging, patient and supportive. It’s these personal qualities that made the course stand out amongst others I have attended."

William Halliday (STMicroelectronics (R&D) Ltd)

"Fantastic course - perfectly tailored to our organisation. Course trainer also very knowledgeable and friendly which made the 2 days a breeze. Would definitely recommend to others."

Thomas Sanderson (Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust)

"We had a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable trainer, he went into a good amount of detail and tailored the content to fit our group well."

Rosalind Futcher (Moneybarn Limited)

"My trainer was patient, kind, respectful and very understanding about my needs. I was taught a lot in one day. "

Patricia Young (Muse Developments)

"Trainer was enthusiastic and kept the training interesting, he was also very helpful and knowledgeable."

Stacey Dennelly (Derby and Burton Hospitals NHS FT)

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How our live online training courses work

We've published a full summary of what it's like to attend a Wise Owl course online - here are the main things you need to know.

What you'll need

You'll need three things for the course:

  1. A computer (obviously) running Windows.
  2. A good internet connection.
  3. A microphone and (ideally) webcam.

In addition you'll find the course very difficult without an additional monitor (so that you can participate in the course on one screen, and use the software you're learning on the other).

What will happen when you book a place

Within a few hours of your booking a place on one of our online courses, we'll be in touch to get you set up correctly.  This usually takes about half an hour, and can be done at any mutually convenient date/time.

A few days before your course begins you'll receive a parcel in the post (free for UK bookings) containing:

  • A full colour courseware manual;
  • An exercise booklet to go with the course; and
  • A USB stick containing the files for the course, should you need a back-up.

Your parcel will even include a Wise Owl Sheaffer biro (they're good; trust us) and pad.

What you won't need

You won't need to install any software at all on your computer.  This is because:

  • you'll use Windows Remote Desktop to connect to our computers, and these will have all of the necessary files and software installed; and
  • we use Teams for our online training, which you can run through most modern browsers.
On and after the course

On the day of the course itself you will be able to join the course up to half an hour before it begins. This will give you time to:

  • familiarise yourself with the set-up;
  • meet your trainer; and
  • get to know the other delegates!

After the course finishes you'll receive an electronic certificate proving your attendance (we will gladly send a paper copy on request also).

You can see full details of exactly how our online courses work here.