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Mastering VBA for Office 2010

ISBN: 978-0-470-63400-4
912 pages
August 2010
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A comprehensive guide to the language used to customize Microsoft Office

Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is the language used for writing macros, automating Office applications, and creating custom applications in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access. This complete guide shows both IT professionals and novice developers how to master VBA in order to customize the entire Office suite for specific business needs.

  • Office 2010 is the leading productivity suite, and the VBA language enables customizations of all the Office programs; this complete guide gives both novice and experienced programmers the knowledge they need to make maximum use of VBA for Office
  • Supported with real-world examples in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access, this book offers clear, systematic tutorials with both intermediate and advanced content
  • Covers learning how to work with VBA; recording macros; using loops and functions; using message boxes, input boxes, and dialog boxes; creating effective code; XML-based files; ActiveX; the developer tab; content controls; add-ins; embedded macros; and security

Mastering VBA for Office 2010 prepares developers to customize all Microsoft Office 2010 applications for the unique needs of their employers.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xxvii

Part 1 • Recording Macros and Getting Started with VBA 1

Chapter 1 • Recording and Running Macros in the Office Applications 3

Chapter 2 • Getting Started with the Visual Basic Editor 29

Chapter 3 • Editing Recorded Macros 63

Chapter 4 • Creating Code from Scratch in the Visual Basic Editor 85

Part 2 • Learning How to Work with VBA 105

Chapter 5 • Understanding the Essentials of VBA Syntax 107

Chapter 6 • Working with Variables, Constants, and Enumerations 123

Chapter 7 • Using Array Variables 145

Chapter 8 • Finding the Objects, Methods, and Properties You Need 167

Part 3 • Making Decisions and Using Loops and Functions 191

Chapter 9 • Using Built-in Functions 193

Chapter 10 • Creating Your Own Functions 227

Chapter 11 • Making Decisions in Your Code 245

Chapter 12 • Using Loops to Repeat Actions 265

Part 4 • Using Message Boxes, Input Boxes, and Dialog Boxes 293

Chapter 13 • Getting User Input with Message Boxes and Input Boxes 295

Chapter 14 • Creating Simple Custom Dialog Boxes 315

Chapter 15 • Creating Complex Dialog Boxes 381

Part 5 • Creating Effective Code 429

Chapter 16: Building Modular Code and Using Classes 431

Chapter 17: Debugging Your Code and Handling Errors 457

Chapter 18: Building Well-Behaved Code 487

Chapter 19: Securing Your Code with VBA’s Security Features 501

Part 6 • Programming the Office Applications 525

Chapter 20 • Understanding the Word Object Model and Key Objects 527

Chapter 21 • Working with Widely Used Objects in Word 559

Chapter 22 • Understanding the Excel Object Model and Key Objects 591

Chapter 23 • Working with Widely Used Objects in Excel 617

Chapter 24 • Understanding the PowerPoint Object Model and Key Objects 631

Chapter 25 • Working with Shapes and Running Slide Shows 653

Chapter 26 • Understanding the Outlook Object Model and Key Objects 673

Chapter 27 • Working with Events in Outlook 693

Chapter 28 • Understanding the Access Object Model and Key Objects 713

Chapter 29 • Manipulating the Data in an Access Database via VBA 735

Chapter 30 • Accessing One Application from Another Application 755

Chapter 31 • Programming the Office 2010 Ribbon 783

Appendix • The Bottom Line 811

Index 855

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Author Information

Richard Mansfield is the author or coauthor of more than 40 computer books, includingVisual Basic .NET Power Toolkit, Office 2003 Application Development All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, and Programming: A Beginner's Guide. He is the former editor of Compute! magazine. Overall, his books have sold more than half a million copies worldwide and have been translated into 12 languages.

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6 138 Text correction: Typo under discussion of data types
Under "Integer" the range given in the first sentence "...(32,768 to 32,767)..." should read "-32,768 to 32,767"
14 370 Text correction: Typo in Table 14.10
The first entry under "Value", "stifles", should read "1stFiles"
135, 137, 138 Text Correction: Error in Code
Table 6.2 incorrectly specifies superscripted exponents 308 and -324 for the double variable type and 338, -45, and 38 for the single variable type.

Should Read:
Double, A floating-point number with a negative value from -1.79769313486231570E+308 to -4.94065645841246544E-324 or a positive value from 4.94065645841246544E-324 through 1.79769313486231570E+308, 8 bytes Single, A floating-point number with a negative value from -3.4028235E+38 to -1.401298E-45 or a positive value from 1.401298E-45 to 3.4028235E+38, 4 bytes
This goes for pages 137 and 138, similarly modified
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