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Many posts in the blog are organized into series which cover broad topics to help build and improve your Excel skills. As series are produced, visit these pages as a launching point to get a...

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Many posts in the blog are organized into series which cover broad topics to help build and improve your Excel skills. As series are produced, visit these pages as a launching point to get a general overview and link directly to specific topics/examples.

Tips and Tricks with VBA Classes

Classes can significantly increase the functionality and efficiency of VBA procedures. By properly using classes in your VBA program, you can create application-like spreadsheet and business models to accomplish many tasks, such as advanced modeling, data management, and automation. Unfortunately, not much literature exists about classes outside of their basic setup and management. The Tips and Tricks with VBA Classes series uncovers some advanced features and techniques for using classes and custom objects in VBA.

Getting Started with VBA

Visual Basic for Applications, often abbreviated as VBA, is the programming language in Microsoft Excel. By using VBA, developers have endless possibilities when it comes to building robust spreadsheets. When used properly, VBA can create application-class spreadsheets that can automate and streamline any task.

Spreadsheet Design

The idea of spreadsheet design refers to the overall experience a user has interacting with a spreadsheet. Design may conjure up thoughts of visuals and aesthetics, but that’s only a minor component. It often dictates the way users interact with an application. In the early stages of spreadsheet application development specific questions should be asked to drive design decisions. Who will be the primary user? How will the user enter and manage data? How will errors be handled? How will the user navigate to various components of the application? These are just a few questions that can act as a basis for effective spreadsheet design.

Series Highlight: Getting Started with VBA

10 Non-VBA Concepts Important for VBA Developers
10 Non-VBA Concepts Important for VBA Developers
As a VBA developer, it's important not to lose sight of the broader Excel application environment. VBA will always be part of Excel -- an...
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Series Highlights and VBA Cheat Sheet
Series Highlights and VBA Cheat Sheet
As we approach the close of the Getting Started with VBA series, it's important to take a broad look at all topics discussed. This post...
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Building a Custom Collection Class
Building a Custom Collection Class
A Collection class is a useful means to manage a large group of custom objects. The ability to store multiple classes permits the efficient operation...
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Building a Custom Class: Part 2
Building a Custom Class: Part 2
Classes and objects open up a host of opportunities within Excel VBA. In addition to being a powerful feature in their own right, classes can...
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Building a Custom Class: Part 1
Building a Custom Class: Part 1
If you've followed the series up to this point, you have previously worked with intrinsic (built-in) objects like Range, Shape, or Worksheet. In addition to...
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Introduction to Custom VBA Classes and Objects
Introduction to Custom VBA Classes and Objects
The ability to build classes and custom objects is one of the most valuable, yet underappreciated, features in VBA. While complex and fully functional VBA...
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Techniques to Organize a VBA Project
Techniques to Organize a VBA Project
While most modern programming environments provide robust tools to organize complex projects and separate procedures, the VBA editor’s organization features are limited. While procedures can...
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Building User-Defined Functions in VBA
Building User-Defined Functions in VBA
While subroutines can be called within other subroutines, their environments are generally segregated -- a subroutine cannot directly provide any information to another subroutine. Using...
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Overview

Spreadsheets have not fundamentally changed over the past 30 years. While many professionals and casual users choose to avoid advanced features, the general functionality is very simple and familiar. Access to spreadsheets is always available, whether through Microsoft Excel, Google Spreadsheets, OpenOffice Calc, etc. Many spreadsheet suites are even accessible on smart phones. Given their ease of access and consistent functionality, information provided on this site will be relevant for many years to come.

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Storing Multiple Object Collections in a Collection Class

While VBA collection classes are best known for storing collections of single custom object types, they can also be built into much more complex data structures. This includes storing multiple object collections within a single collection class, permitting a node-like structure to store any number of related items.

Creating a Collection Class within a Collection Class

A common object structure in VBA is the collection class, where many custom objects are grouped together. VBA also permits additional layers above the collection class, resulting in a collection within a collection. This is a useful technique for organizing hierarchical data or grouping certain objects.

Bubble Sort for Arrays and Other VBA Data Structures

The bubble sort is a commonly used technique for sorting simple arrays and collections. It can also be used to sort through other common VBA data structures, such as two-dimensional arrays, collections of custom objects, and dictionaries.

Sorting Objects of a Collection Class

One feature noticeably absent from VBA is a built-in function to sort arrays and collections. The bubble sort is a well known technique for sorting groups of elements when no native function exists. With a few minor adjustments, a bubble sort can also be used to sort collections of custom …

Using Class Initialize in Collection Classes

Class Initialize is known as an intrinsic (native) procedure that triggers when a custom object is initialized. Did you know that this procedure will also work within collection classes? When used properly, class initialize can help set up collections by using default data or loading from saved data.

Saving Custom Object Data in a Workbook

Previous posts have discussed advantages to using custom objects and custom collections. When used as globals within a VBA, custom objects provide a means of storing complex data structures outside of a standard worksheet. The efficiency gains and ease of access can help you build robust programs. Unfortunately, these custom …

Using Custom Keys in Collection Classes

Accessing a specific object within a collection class can be a challenging endeavor. By assigning a proper custom key to objects in a collection class, you can avoid the often cumbersome error handling and loop searches often used to retrieve objects.

10 Non-VBA Concepts Important for VBA Developers

As a VBA developer, it’s important not to lose sight of the broader Excel application environment. VBA will always be part of Excel — an application containing its own interface, features, and functionality. This post will provide an overview of 10 important non-VBA concepts and features important for VBA developers …

VLOOKUP… to the Left!

Have you ever been attempted to use VLOOKUP in a large data set, only to realize the data you’re seeking is to the left of the lookup column? Sure, you could cut/paste the lookup column the left of the table, but that might interfere with other parts of the dataset. …

Series Highlights and VBA Cheat Sheet

As we approach the close of the Getting Started with VBA series, it’s important to take a broad look at all topics discussed. This post will act as a reference for general syntax, concepts, and other topics.