VBA Productivity Tip: Managing Ambiguous Names

Today’s VBA Productivity Tip provides an overview of a little-known—yet simple—technique for managing ambiguous names (duplication) issues in VBA subroutines and functions. By using the dot operator, subroutine and function calls can be targeted to specific modules. Overview Generally, it’s advisable to make sure all subroutines and functions (procedures) within …

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 programs can be created without the use of this feature, utilizing custom objects will permit a VBA programmer to significantly scale-up a project, make it …

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 be separated into different modules, not many options exist in terms of organizing modules into subfolders.

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 functions, however, permits the transfer of a value, array, or object from one procedure to another.

VBA Productivity Tip: Procedure List

Today’s VBA Productivity Tip introduces the editor window’s procedure list. This list serves two purposes: help find existing subroutines, or access built-in subroutines.

Calling Subroutines with Worksheet and Workbook Events

Form and ActiveX Controls provide a user-friendly way to initiate Excel macros, but it may not always be clear to the user that a button needs to be clicked. If you find yourself including notes such as “please click button here”, you may want to consider Worksheet and Workbook events …

Getting the Most Out of Subroutines in VBA

Up until this point of the series, the Sub statement–short for subroutine–has been one of the most frequently used statements in tutorials and exercises. In their plain vanilla form, a subroutines serve one purpose — to contain procedural code. However, having a comprehensive understanding of how subroutines work and various …

VBA Productivity Tip: Intellisense

This post introduces our first VBA Productivity Tip, a summary of the VBA Editor’s intellisense feature. Intellisense can help reduce the occurrence of common syntactical and semantic errors by providing useful tooltips and lists to help you code more efficiently.

Leveraging Dictionaries in VBA

Likely one of the most under-utilized data structures in VBA, Dictionaries include features not found in Collections or Arrays. With their ease of coding and readability, many developers rely heavily on this data structure.

Organize Code with User-Defined Types in VBA

VBA data structures such as arrays, collections, and enumerations can help organize large and complex sets of data. When drilling down to specifics within data, it can be somewhat difficult to work with these structures. VBA offers another data structure, User-Defined Types, which provide a more intuitive and user friendly …