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10 Tips for Excel VBA Everyone Should Know


10 Tips for Excel VBA Everyone Should Know


Excel VBA is one of the most powerful features in Microsoft Excel, but it can also be extremely confusing and hard to use. No one wants to spend their entire day sifting through spreadsheets, so using Excel VBA can really help you streamline your work and make it more efficient. If you’re interested in learning more about Excel VBA, then read on to learn 10 tips that will save you time and effort when using this valuable tool.


1) Learn in chunks

One of my favorite productivity hacks is learning in chunks. By chunking your time into 30 minute intervals, you can complete tasks much more quickly and efficiently. For example, when I learn new code or a new language, I’ll set aside 45 minutes at lunch to sit down and become an expert on it. This allows me to really absorb all of the information without getting distracted by other things. If you find yourself struggling with procrastination, try setting aside 15-30 minutes per day at specific times during your day (such as first thing in the morning) where you can get focused work done without being interrupted. This will help increase your focus throughout your day and make sure that nothing slips through the cracks!


2) Keep it simple - no need to over complicate things

If you don’t have a background in coding, don’t worry. The great thing about VBA is that it was built to be used by non-developers. This can be overwhelming at first, but as long as you keep things simple, you should be good to go. Start off with basic commands like if statements and build from there. Get comfortable using functions until it becomes second nature.


3) Get comfortable with your editor

There are lots of different editors available, each with their own style and set of keyboard shortcuts. The first thing you need to do is get comfortable with your editor—there’s nothing worse than not being able to find a specific command because you can’t remember what shortcut key combo triggers it. After that, read up on how to write code in your chosen language and editor so that you have a solid foundation from which to begin creating macros.


4) Put in the effort!

Here’s a bit of advice that’s easy to forget: learning a language is hard, but if you put in enough time and effort, it’ll pay off. So here are ten helpful tips to help you do just that! (Or at least to make your journey through our amazing world of languages a little easier.) We can’t guarantee you won’t hit any snags along the way, but hopefully these pointers will make things easier on you. And remember—when it comes to learning a new language, perseverance always wins out over talent! It may take longer than some people expect or want, but stick with it and you will get there eventually.


5) Don't be afraid to ask questions and get help

You don’t have to be an expert in order to write some code. There are plenty of resources out there that can help you get started. Whether it’s forums, community groups, or Stack Overflow—there are plenty of people willing to help. Just remember: everyone has a different background and experiences; take everything with a grain of salt, but don’t be afraid to ask questions when needed.


6) Start small - don't overwhelm yourself with huge projects at first

You can start small and work your way up to bigger projects if you'd like. Just start with a project that's manageable, will help you develop a new skill or better understand an existing one, and is interesting to you. These kinds of projects can help lay a foundation for future projects - plus they're more likely to get done! If you have any questions about whether something is too big or too small, let me know in comments. I'm happy to help! #15 could be helpful for some people who are struggling with finding their own personal interest/motivation in programming (which is critical!) - so definitely check it out!


7) Write lots of code, you will learn more from writing code than reading it.

If you know how to read and write code, then that’s a great start, but if you want to become proficient in vba or excel, then you need to write lots of code. You will learn more from writing code than reading it. So don’t be afraid to create your own macros and add-ins. Explore what is possible in excel through automation. The only way to get better at something is by doing it. And there are many resources online with examples of how to do specific tasks in excel (just Google it).


8) Take care with error handling and make sure you do something about them.

When using an API, things can go wrong. What do you do when they do? In many cases, it’s a good idea to terminate your application with some sort of error code that notifies your user something went wrong. It may be tempting to ignore errors and proceed as if nothing happened. But in doing so, you risk losing data or sending invalid information to other applications. You should always take care with error handling and make sure you do something about them.




9) Split your code into procedures, functions etc. if needed

This not only makes your code more readable and maintainable, but it also makes debugging a lot easier! If you have a whole bunch of code in one procedure, it’s much harder to tell what is causing an error. You can copy/paste most of it elsewhere, then set breakpoints where needed. For example, if you want to make sure that a specific cell is always formatted as currency (in all sheets), you could create a function called FormatCellAsCurrency() and put all of that code there. Then just call that function wherever needed (e.g., =FormatCellAsCurrency(A1)). This way if something goes wrong with formatting A1, you know exactly where to look!


10) Learn from others and share what you have learned with others

The best way to learn new skills is by teaching them to others. By not only sharing your own knowledge but also learning from those who are more experienced, you can gain insight into their methods, learn new techniques and explore different ways of doing things. By sharing what you have learned with others as well, you can help them on their way to improving themselves in a similar area. The next time they need help in that subject matter, they may turn to you rather than another individual.