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Excel VBA Programming For Dummies [Paperback]

John Walkenbach
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May 24 2010 0470503696 978-0470503690 2
Take your Excel skills to the next level with VBA programming

Now that you've mastered Excel basics, it's time to move to the next level—creating your own, customized Excel 2010 solutions using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). The new edition of this non-threatening guide is your key to getting there. Using step-by-step instruction and the accessible, friendly For Dummies style, this practical book shows you how to use VBA, write macros, customize your Excel apps to look and work the way you want, avoid errors, and more.

The book's Web site provides all the programming examples from the book.

  • Introduces you to a new range of Excel 2010 options
  • Shows you how to use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to program your own custom Excel applications or to automate functions
  • Explains how to create VBA macros, program, handle errors, debug, and more
  • Covers Visual Basic Editor tools and functions; working with range objects; controlling program flow; and the easiest ways to create custom dialog boxes, toolbars, and menus
  • Includes a companion Web site with all the sample programs from the book

Create your own, custom Excel programs with this information-packed guide!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.


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Accelerate into the Excel fast lane and zip through spreadsheet customizations

Are you ready to make Excel jump through hoops? Do your spreadsheets work exactly the way you want? With this book, you can say "yes"! Inside, you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to significantly enhance the power of Excel using the VBA language. You'll soon be building your own Excel applications so you can get the most out of your data.

  • Dive into VBA — see how VBA is implemented in Excel, apply advanced techniques, and use VBA with other Office applications

  • Get into it — explore programming concepts from range objects and worksheet functions to events and error-handling

  • Communication is key — learn how to build dialog boxes that look like they came straight from Microsoft's software lab

  • Safety first — use Excel macros to make your spreadsheets more secure and lock out viruses

  • Make it your own — develop custom worksheet functions, create add-ins, design user-oriented applications, and boost your career options

Visit the companion Web site at http://www.dummies.com/go/excelvbaprogrammingfd2e, where you can download the sample files featured in the book and view bonus chapters

Open the book and find:

  • How to work in the Visual Basic Editor

  • Tips for error-handling and bug extermination

  • Ways to build automatic procedures and events

  • How to use the Excel macro recorder

  • UserForm techniques and tricks

  • Instructions for designing VBA macros

  • Steps for accessing your macros through the user interface

  • Secrets for creating Excel add-ins

Learn to:

  • Use the essential tools and operations for VBA

  • Work with range objects and control program flow

  • Handle errors and eliminate bugs in your code

  • Develop custom user interfaces for your applications, including dialog boxes

About the Author

John Walkenbach is principal of J-Walk and Associates, Inc., a leading authority on spreadsheet software and creator of the award-winning Power Utility Pak. Walkenbach has written more than 50 books and 300 articles for publications including PC World, InfoWorld, and Windows.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 12 2014
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These books are so good and easy to understand always. They are so easy to find info and relate to it.
A must for anyone who is not an experienced software junkie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome May 9 2011
By Cyn
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Fast delivery, book in excellent condition. I can't ask for any better!!! Thank you very much, we'll be doing business soon again!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excel VBA Programming for Dummies Aug. 13 2010
By Lois Coppic - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an accountant--not a programmer and I am only about 1/2 way through the book. I need this information to improve my job skills. I need to complete Excel spreadsheets faster, more accurately, and less manually repetitiously. I am learning many new things that are going to help reach that goal. My previous experience with Macros only included what you could write with the keystroke wizard method (which is very limiting).

Starting around Chap 7, Mr. Walkenbach starts giving a lot of examples of code that is setting dimensions; static counters, offsets; cells vs ranges, etc, but he doesn't complete those examples with the actually code that would run some macro after the previously defined dimensions. I would prefer to see how each actually work; thus I need an example of some code in each case so I can type it and run it. Maybe in some following chapters, he get to it, but by then I will have to go back and review.

Guess this is why this is a book for "Dummies"--looks like I qualify. LOL All in all, I'm getting along well. And occasionally, he throws something funny in--which gives me major amusement considering how intense all of this language is for non-computer programming techie like me.

I recommend this book as a good starting place for someone like me who has some experience using the Macro Record tool in Excel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a beginner. Sept. 2 2011
By Hopewell - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is good for someone with no experience in Visual Basic. The examples are very manageable, however, I would have liked to have seen some more complicated code. But, I realize that this book is for dummies and it does fulfill the needs of a laymen.

I would suggest this for anyone who is excel savvy and wants to learn the basics of Visual Basic. I have enrolled in a Visual Basic programming class, since reading this book, and it has given me a good foundation for understanding this Windows based programming language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great author April 6 2011
By Erik Kiste - Published on Amazon.com
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There are several reasons that I recommend this book. The book covers topics with just enough depth that you don't feel overwhelmed. It provides links to resources to get a deeper knowledge but it always keeps the target audience of beginning VBA programmers in mind. The chapters and examples provided are also very easy to follow and not overly long so that it's something that you can pick up and put down again as you have time.

Another reason is that the author's conversational writing style makes the book easy to read and helps relieve some of the boringness of learning VBA programming concepts.

Lastly, based on my experience and other reviews that I've read, the author is very helpful and quick to answer questions. I had a question about one of the examples in the book and it took him all of 11 minutes to reply to my e-mail with a helpful response.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Aug. 27 2010
By JM - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a truly great book that helped me with Excel VBA for a project at work.

That being said, this book is purely for introductory purposes. Assuming you know how to work with Excel, this book will greatly help you get a start on VBA for Excel. This book doesn't cover the kind of topics you would find in the Power Programming in Excel VBA book, but it covers really basic topics for a beginner.

If you're a beginner to Excel VBA, I would highly recommend this book as a starting point for learning to master it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Aug. 22 2011
By emre oguten - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a perfect book for beginners. Every thing is clear and explained step by step. I finished the book and already started with more complex ones and i can say that the basics of coding i got from this book is helping me learn quickly the more complex features.
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