Just what is an Excel macro? How can you use an Excel macro in your everyday work? Do you need to know anything about coding to write macros? Macros are flexible, dynamic, and relatively easy to learn how to use. Once you learn how to write and use macros, you will be able to simplify everyday tasks and make the performance of your daily duties more efficient.
So, What is an Excel Macro?
A macro is simply a program (or piece of code) that lives and operates within Excel. Excel macros are written in a coding language called VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) and can be used in any number of applications. Some macros are very simple and consist of only a few lines of code. Others are more complicated, with the code running for hundreds of lines. Macros are a way of extending the use and power of Excel through coding.
How Can You Use Excel Macros?
You can use macros in any situation where it is possible to automate a task. So, if you need to hide/unhide a series of rows/columns/sheets you can write a macro to do that. You can also write a macro to automatically adjust formatting at the click of a button, or even send an email (with attachment) to a designated recipient. You can even make one macro run another macro. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and your familiarity with VBA.
How Do You Get Started Writing Excel Macros?
Luckily, you don’t need to know any code in order to get started writing macros. You can simply use the built-in Macro Recorder. All you need to do is turn the recorder on and Excel will covert whatever actions you perform into code. When you’re done, just turn the recorder off. That’s all it takes to get started writing Excel macros. As you improve your skills, you can rely less on the recorder and create more complicated code. However, the Macro Recorder is a good way to get started.