Visual Basic for Excel

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Course Description

Developer tools in Microsoft Office give you the functionality to create custom applications in Excel. These tools require Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). The developer can create custom spreadsheets, workbooks, controls, and even toolbar add-ins for users.

Visual Basic is a specific Microsoft language, so it integrates into any Microsoft productivity tool. This course focuses on Excel customizations and applications. To create these customizations, you first need to learn macros and what they can do for your projects. We then go into modules and custom coded macros. Visual Basic is an object-oriented language, so we show you how to create custom classes that plug into your Excel modules.

This course not only focuses on Visual Basic syntax, but we also focus on working with classes, properties and methods specific to the Visual Basic version for Excel. We show you how to data mine from external source, connect to databases, and even scrape Internet content to include in a local spreadsheet.

We also work with pivot tables, charts and graphs that you can automatically draw and render within an Excel spreadsheet. Later chapters include instructions and tutorials on sparklines and working with external files. We help you develop skills in error handling to provide better ways to work with errors in your code.

Whether you're new to Excel or just new to the Visual Basic for Application language, this course will help you develop the skills necessary to build custom applications that work with a variety of industries and users.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Getting Excel Ready

Visual Basic is a Microsoft language still used in many applications including Excel automation. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video A
  • Lesson 1 Video B : Lesson 1 Additional Video Supplement
  • Review Video: How to enable the Developer Tab
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Using the Macro Recorder

The macro recorder captures specific activities that you can then use later in your programs. It's a convenient way to automate tasks you do in Excel frequently. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Create or delete a macro
  • Review 2 Videos: Excel 2016 Tutorial Recording Macros Microsoft Training Lesson; Microsoft Excel 2016 - Recording a Macro to Import a Plain Text File
  • Complete: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Running a Macro

We'll discuss the ways you can run a macro and the type of images and graphics you can implement in your procedures. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video A
  • Lesson 3 Video B : Lesson 3 Additional Video Supplement
  • Review 2 Articles: Run a macro in Excel 2016 for Mac; Run an Excel macro
  • Complete: Exam 3

Lesson 4: The Visual Basic Editor (VBE)

You should get used to the VBE before you begin coding to navigate through the project window without accidentally changing a setting that could make coding more difficult. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Video: How to Use the VBA Editor
  • Complete: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Problems with the Recorder

In this lesson, we will cover some of the advantages in more detail, but we'll also cover the disadvantages with some troubleshooting tips in case you run into issues with your recorded macros. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Excel Tips
  • Review Video: Excel 2016 Tutorial Recording Macros Microsoft Training Lesson
  • Complete: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Introduction to OOP

Object-oriented programming (OOP) is a design and structure methodology used to create code. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video A
  • Lesson 6 Video B : Lesson 6 Additional Video Supplement
  • Review 2 Articles: VBA Object Model And Object References; An Overview of the Excel Object Model
  • Complete: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Using Message Boxes

In this lesson, we'll discuss the MsgBox function in much more detail and show you how you can use the different options to customize your Visual Basic Applications. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: MsgBox Function; MsgBx Function in Excel VBA Examples
  • Complete: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Ranges and Selections

In this lesson, we'll discuss cell ranges, referencing these ranges and then using different Visual Basic functions to control the range format and data. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video A
  • Lesson 8 Video B : Lesson 8 Additional Video Supplement
  • Review Article: Useful Range Object Methods in Excel 2016 VBA Programming
  • Complete: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Looping

In this lesson, we'll discuss the common looping structures in Visual Basic: For, While, and Do loops. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video A
  • Lesson 9 Video B : Lesson 9 Additional Video Supplement
  • Review Article: Excel VBA Loop - Easy Excel Macros
  • Review Video: Excel Macros: Relative References and Do While Looping
  • Complete: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Selection Statements

In this lesson, we'll show you the syntax for these statement using Visual Basic and what you can do with them to control logic flow throughout your programs. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video A
  • Lesson 10 Video B : Lesson 10 Additional Video Supplement
  • Review Article: Power Excel vba secret, avoid using select
  • Complete: Exam 10

Lesson 11: A1 vs. R1C1 References

In this lesson, we'll discuss the two reference types, formulas and we'll take a look at Arrays. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video A
  • Lesson 11 Video B : Lesson 11 Additional Video Supplement
  • Review 2 Articles: Excel ? R1C1 Reference Style vs. A1; Overview of formulas in Excel 2016 for Windows
  • Review 2 Videos: R1C1 Reference Style; Excel 2016 Tutorial Naming Ranges Microsoft Training Lesson
  • Complete: Exam 11

Lesson 12: Excel Names

There are two main types of variable scopes: global and local. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Define and use names in formulas
  • Review Video: Excel 2016 Tutorial Using Named Ranges in Formulas Microsoft Training Lesson
  • Complete: Exam 12

Lesson 13: Event Programming

Events in any language are user input or software related actions that interact with a workbook. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video A
  • Lesson 13 Video B : Lesson 13 Additional Video Supplement
  • Review Article: Event data
  • Complete: Exam 13

Lesson 14: Arrays

Arrays are beneficial when you need to store several values into one variable. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video A
  • Lesson 14 Video B : Lesson 14 Additional Video Supplement
  • Review 3 Articles: Guidelines and examples of array formulas in Excel 2016 for Windows; Keyboard shortcuts in Excel 2016 for Mac; Array Functions
  • Complete: Exam 14

Lesson 15: Classes, Records, and Collections

Classes are reusable and can plug into other programs, so you can save time in future coding projects with your classes. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review Article: Class Module Step by Step
  • Complete: Exam 15

Lesson 16: User Forms

User forms are interactive pages within your application that let you provide controls and text boxes for input. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video A
  • Lesson 16 Video B : Lesson 16 Additional Video Supplement
  • Review Article: Overview of forms, form controls, and ActiveX controls on a worksheet in Excel 2016 for Windows
  • Review Video: Create a simple Database Userform in Excel 2013,2016 Tips and Tricks
  • Complete: Exam 16

Lesson 17: Data Mining with Advanced Filters

Data mining is useful for retrieving a data set and using it for separate sheet information. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Review Video: Excel 2016 Tutorial Creating Advanced Filters Microsoft Training Lesson
  • Complete: Exam 17

Lesson 18: Pivot Tables

This lesson covers pivot tables and how you can create one using VB. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video A
  • Lesson 18 Video B : Lesson 18 Additional Video Supplement
  • Review 2 Videos: Introduction To PivotTable Microsoft Excel 2016 Beginner Course; Manipulating PivotTable Data Microsoft Excel 2016 Beginner Course
  • Complete: Exam 18

Lesson 19: Charts

One of the most commonly used components in Excel is charts. Charts create a visual representation of your data, which is important during presentations and reports. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Review 3 Videos: Inserting a chart so you can display your data visually; Microsoft Excel 2016 Tutorials; Creating Charts in Excel VBA
  • Complete: Exam 19

Lesson 20: Conditional Formatting and Retrieving Data

In this lesson, we'll first pull data from an external location and then use conditional formatting to change the way it's displayed to the user. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Need help with Conditional Formatting highlighting formula for Visual Basic; Excel Conditional Formatting macro
  • Complete: Exam 20

Lesson 21: Sparklines

Sparklines are small line graphs that show you a visual presentation of a row of cells. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 21 Video A
  • Lesson 21 Video B : Lesson 21 Additional Video Supplement
  • Review Article: Create sparklines in Excel 2016 for Mac
  • Review Video: Creating incell charts with sparklines
  • Complete: Exam 21

Lesson 22: Reading from and Writing to the Web

In this lesson, we'll discuss how you can connect to the Internet, read information from a web page, and then write data back to the Internet. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 22 Video
  • Review Article: How to automate Excel from Visual Basic .NET to fill or to obtain data in a range by using arrays
  • Complete: Exam 22

Lesson 23: Text File Processing

This lesson shows you how to create and edit text files that you use in your applications. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 23 Video
  • Review Video: Visual Basic .Net Read Text File
  • Complete: Exam 23

Lesson 24: Automating Word Functions

In this lesson, we'll show you how to automate Word functionality from your Excel spreadsheets. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 24 Video
  • Review Article: Excel 2016 best new features
  • Review Video: How to create MS Word document automatically with Dynamic fields
  • Complete: Exam 24

Lesson 25: Handling Errors

Visual Basic has error handling functionality that lets you send a message to the user, trap the error, and avoid crashing the application. This lesson discusses error handling and how you can work it into your code. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 25 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Handle Run-Time Errors in VBA; Error Handling
  • Complete: Exam 25

Lesson 26: Customize the Ribbon

In this lesson, we will work with the Excel ribbon and show you how to edit it for your own application customizations. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 26 Video
  • Complete: Exam 26

Lesson 27: Creating Add-Ins

Excel and VBA offer you the ability to customize a user's interface using add-ins. Add-ins are workbooks you create and save using the XLA file extension. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 27 Video A
  • Lesson 27 Video B : Lesson 27 Additional Video Supplement
  • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Exam 27
  • Complete: Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what VBA is.
  • Demonstrate using the macro recorder.
  • Demonstrate running a macro.
  • Describe the visual basic editor (VBE).
  • Describe what OOP is.
  • Demonstrate using message boxes.
  • Demonstrate ranges and selections.
  • Summarize looping.
  • Describe selection statements.
  • Describe event programming.
  • Summarize arrays.
  • Summarize classes, records, and collections.
  • Describe charts and pivot tables.
  • Recognize conditional formatting and retrieving data.
  • Describe text file processing.
  • Summarize handling errors, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Visual Basic for Excel
Course Number: 9770432
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Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (1,051 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Computer Skill (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 1.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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Course Fee: $90.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $115.00

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