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Excel VBA for Absolute Beginners


This course provides an introduction to programming for students with little or no prior programming experience. Through this course, students will gain a strong, accessible, hands-on foundation in the language skills needed for learning Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) under MS-Excel environment.

The knowledge and skill gained from this course can be applied to MS-Excel 2003, MS-Excel 2007, MS-Excel 2010 and MS-Excel 2013.

This is the entry level course for more advanced Excel VBA programming.

This course introduces students to the techniques used in the key areas of computer programming:

• Programming principles

• Basic program control structures

• Data types

• Subroutines and Functions

At the end of the course, students will be able to start creating simple VBA solution by using MS-Excel.


Any Microsoft Excel users whoever want to do extra ordinary thing from their Microsoft excel applications where but limited by the predefined features. This includes those who know nothing about computer programming.


Before attending this course, students must be able to demonstrate the following skills:

• Ability to use a computer keyboard and a mouse.

• Familiarity with the general operations of Microsoft Windows operating system.

• Basic knowledge and skill in using Microsoft-Excel (Any version).

The course materials, lectures, and lab exercises are in English. To benefit fully from the instruction, students need an understanding of the English language and completion of the prerequisites.


This program will be conducted with interactive lectures, PowerPoint presentation, discussions and practical exercise.

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Module 1 - Introduction

• What is VBA?

• Why need to do programming for MS-Excel.

• What can we do with Excel VBA? (Few interesting examples)

• Using the development Integrated Development Environment.

• The project explorer - Introduction to the VBA project concept and project components

• The property Window.

• The IDE main menu

• Switching between Excel normal interface and IDE interface.

• Help system.

Module 2 – Automation via Macros

• Why we need automation in MS-Excel?

• What is macro?

• Recording macros

• How to trigger macros from Excel normal interface?

• How to trigger macros from VBA IDE?

Module 3 – Using instructions

• The immediate window

• What is instruction?

• Evaluation instructions

• Command Instructions

• Dealing with Excel VBA objects and their properties

Module 4 – Linking VBA with Excel

• Single cell reference methods

• Range reference methods

• Inter-worksheets reference

• Inter-workbook reference

Module 5 –The instructions building block

• The Procedure concepts

• Procedures (Subroutines)

• Procedures (Functions)

• Procedures (Event Handlers)

• Pre-mature terminations with Exit keyword

• Grouping instructions using With statement

Module 6 –Modules

• Why is module needed?

• Code Module

• User Form in brief

• Class module in brief

• Worksheet module in brief

• Workbook module in brief

• Procedure’s scoping

• Dealing with ambiguities

Module 7 –When you make mistake…

• Type of errors

• Dealing with compilation errors

• Dealing with runtime errors

• Dealing with logical errors

• The debugger and debugging process

Module 8 –The variables

• Why are variables needed?

• Basic Data Types

• Variable declaration and shorthand

• Variable scoping and life cycle

• Variable initialization

• Option Explicit directive

Module 9 – Useful VBA native functions

• MsgBox function

• InputBox function

• Number functions

• String functions

• Date/Time functions

• Format function

• RGB function

Module 10 –Other useful basic VBA entities

• Comments

• VBA Constants

• Excel Constants

• Defining constants

• Selection keyword

• Application object

• ActiveSheet object

• Sheet’s collection

• Workbook’s collection

Module 11 – The Parameter

• What is parameter?

• Optional parameters and techniques to handle default values.

• Arbitrary argument support using ParamArray declaration.

• Parameter passing mechanisms: ByVal vs. ByRef

• Named arguments.

Module 12 – Operators

• What is operator?

• Arithmetic operators

• Comparison Operators

• Logical Operators

• Special Operators

Module 13 – Branching Constructs

• Unconditional Branching with GoTo statement

• Unconditional Branching with GoSub statement

• If..Then..Else Statement

• Select Case Statement

Module 14 – Iteration Constructs

• Unconditional Loop with GoTo statement

• Using For Loop

• Using For Each statement

• Pre-test looping

• Post-Test looping

• Pre-mature termination using Exit keyword

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Leng Chee Kong

He has more than 22 years of experience in IT industry, especially in academic and training business. He worked as a trainer in Info-Trek for the IBM, Oracle (Sun), and Microsoft related training courses. With his more than 12 years solid software development experience, he provides many professional services and consultancy related to software engineering especially based on object-oriented technology, such as OOP, UML and etc.Besides, he is also active in provide consultancy to many local private companies and government agencies. Some of these organizations appointed his as panel member or advisor. Read More

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