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Excel 2016 Power Programming with VBA



Excel 2016 Power Programming with VBA

Michael Alexander, Richard Kusleika

ISBN: 978-1-119-06762-7 January 2016 768 Pages

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Maximize your Excel experience with VBA

Excel 2016 Power Programming with VBA is fully updated to cover all the latest tools and tricks of Excel 2016. Encompassing an analysis of Excel application development and a complete introduction to Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), this comprehensive book presents all of the techniques you need to develop both large and small Excel applications. Over 800 pages of tips, tricks, and best practices shed light on key topics, such as the Excel interface, file formats, enhanced interactivity with other Office applications, and improved collaboration features. In addition to the procedures, tips, and ideas that will expand your capabilities, this resource provides you with access to over 100 online example Excel workbooks and the Power Utility Pak, found on the Mr. Spreadsheet website.

Understanding how to leverage VBA to improve your Excel programming skills can enhance the quality of deliverables that you produce—and can help you take your career to the next level.

  • Explore fully updated content that offers comprehensive coverage through over 900 pages of tips, tricks, and techniques
  • Leverage templates and worksheets that put your new knowledge in action, and reinforce the skills introduced in the text
  • Access online resources, including the Power Utility Pak, that supplement the content
  • Improve your capabilities regarding Excel programming with VBA, unlocking more of your potential in the office

Excel 2016 Power Programming with VBA is a fundamental resource for intermediate to advanced users who want to polish their skills regarding spreadsheet applications using VBA.

Introduction xxvii

Part I: Introduction to Excel VBA

Chapter 1: Essentials of Spreadsheet Application Development 3

What Is a Spreadsheet Application? 3

Steps for Application Development 4

Determining User Needs 5

Planning an Application That Meets User Needs 6

Determining the Most Appropriate User Interface 8

Concerning Yourself with the End User 12

Other Development Issues 17

Chapter 2: Introducing Visual Basic for Applications 19

Getting a Head Start with the Macro Recorder 19

Working with the Visual Basic Editor 32

VBA Fundamentals 42

Deep Dive: Working with Range Objects 47

Essential Concepts to Remember 53

Don’t Panic—You Are Not Alone55

Chapter 3: VBA Programming Fundamentals 61

VBA Language Elements: An Overview 61

Comments 63

Variables, Data Types, and Constants 64

Assignment Statements 75

Arrays 77

Object Variables79

User-Defined Data Types 80

Built-In Functions 81

Manipulating Objects and Collections 84

Controlling Code Execution 87

Chapter 4: Working with VBA Sub Procedures 105

About Procedures 105

Executing Sub Procedures 108

Passing Arguments to Procedures 119

Error-Handling Techniques 123

A Realistic Example That Uses Sub Procedures 127

Chapter 5: Creating Function Procedures 143

Sub Procedures versus Function Procedures 143

Why Create Custom Functions? 144

An Introductory Function Example 144

Function Procedures 148

Function Arguments 153

Function Examples 153

Emulating Excel’s SUM Function 168

Extended Date Functions 171

Debugging Functions 173

Dealing with the Insert Function Dialog Box 174

Using Add-Ins to Store Custom Functions 178

Using the Windows API 179

Chapter 6: Understanding Excel’s Events 183

What You Should Know about Events 183

Getting Acquainted with Workbook-Level Events 190

Examining Worksheet Events 197

Monitoring with Application Events 206

Accessing Events Not Associated with an Object 210

Chapter 7: VBA Programming Examples and Techniques 217

Learning by Example 217

Working with Ranges 218

Working with Workbooks and Sheets 246

VBA Techniques 251

Some Useful Functions for Use in Your Code 259

Some Useful Worksheet Functions 264

Windows API Calls 280

Part II: Advanced VBA Techniques

Chapter 8: Working with Pivot Tables 291

An Introductory Pivot Table Example 291

Creating a More Complex Pivot Table 297

Creating Multiple Pivot Tables 301

Creating a Reverse Pivot Table 304

Chapter 9: Working with Charts 307

Getting the Inside Scoop on Charts 307

Creating an Embedded Chart 310

Creating a Chart on a Chart Sheet 311

Modifying Charts 312

Using VBA to Activate a Chart 313

Moving a Chart 314

Using VBA to Deactivate a Chart 315

Determining Whether a Chart Is Activated 316

Deleting from the ChartObjects or Charts Collection 316

Looping through All Charts 318

Sizing and Aligning ChartObjects 320

Creating Lots of Charts 321

Exporting a Chart 324

Changing the Data Used in a Chart 326

Using VBA to Display Arbitrary Data Labels on a Chart 331

Displaying a Chart in a UserForm 335

Understanding Chart Events 337

Discovering VBA Charting Tricks 344

Working with Sparkline Charts 351

Chapter 10: Interacting with Other Applications 355

Understanding Microsoft Office Automation 355

Automating Access from Excel 359

Automating Word from Excel 361

Automating PowerPoint from Excel 364

Automating Outlook from Excel 369

Starting Other Applications from Excel 373

Chapter 11: Working with External Data and Files 379

Working with External Data Connections 379

Using ADO and VBA to Pull External Data 387

Working with Text Files 394

Text File Manipulation Examples 398

Performing Common File Operations 402

Zipping and Unzipping Files 410

Part III: Working with UserForms

Chapter 12: Leveraging Custom Dialog Boxes 415

Before You Create That UserForm 415

Using an Input Box415

The VBA MsgBox Function 421

The Excel GetOpenFilename Method 426

The Excel GetSaveAsFilename Method 429

Prompting for a Directory  430

Displaying Excel’s Built-In Dialog Boxes 430

Displaying a Data Form 433

Chapter 13: Introducing UserForms 435

How Excel Handles Custom Dialog Boxes 435

Inserting a New UserForm 436

Adding Controls to a UserForm 437

Toolbox Controls  437

Adjusting UserForm Controls 442

Adjusting a Control’s Properties 443

Displaying a UserForm 449

Closing a UserForm 451

Creating a UserForm: An Example 453

Understanding UserForm Events 459

Referencing UserForm Controls 465

Customizing the Toolbox 466

Creating UserForm Templates 469

A UserForm Checklist 469

Chapter 14: UserForm Examples 471

Creating a UserForm “Menu” 471

Selecting Ranges from a UserForm  474

Creating a Splash Screen 476

Disabling a UserForm's Close Button 478

Changing a UserForm's Size 479

Zooming and Scrolling a Sheet from a UserForm 480

ListBox Techniques 482

Using the MultiPage Control in a UserForm 503

Using an External Control 504

Animating a Label 506

Chapter 15: Advanced UserForm Techniques 511

A Modeless Dialog Box 512

Displaying a Progress Indicator 516

Creating Wizards 527

Emulating the MsgBox Function 533

A UserForm with Movable Controls 537

A UserForm with No Title Bar 538

Simulating a Toolbar with a UserForm 540

Emulating a Task Pane with a UserForm 542

A Resizable UserForm 543

Handling Multiple UserForm Controls with One Event Handler 547

Selecting a Color in a UserForm 550

Displaying a Chart in a UserForm 552

Making a UserForm Semitransparent 554

A Puzzle on a UserForm 556

Video Poker on a UserForm 557

Part IV: Developing Excel Applications

Chapter 16: Creating and Using Add-Ins 561

What Is an Add-In? 561

Understanding Excel’s Add-In Manager 564

Creating an Add-in 566

An Add-In Example 567

Comparing XLAM and XLSM Files 572

Manipulating Add-Ins with VBA 578

Optimizing the Performance of Add-Ins 584

Special Problems with Add-Ins 585

Chapter 17: Working with the Ribbon 589

Ribbon Basics 589

Customizing the Ribbon 591

Creating a Custom Ribbon 596

Using VBA with the Ribbon 617

Creating an Old-Style Toolbar 621

Chapter 18: Working with Shortcut Menus 625

CommandBar Overview 625

Using VBA to Customize Shortcut Menus 632

Shortcut Menus and Events 642

Chapter 19: Providing Help for Your Applications 647

Help for Your Excel Applications 647

Help Systems That Use Excel Components 649

Displaying Help in a Web Browser 657

Using the HTML Help System 659

Chapter 20: Leveraging Class Modules 665

What Is a Class Module? 665

Creating a NumLock Class 667

Coding Properties, Methods, and Events 671

Exposing a QueryTable Event 674

Creating a Class to Hold Classes 677

Chapter 21: Understanding Compatibility Issues 685

What Is Compatibility? 685

Types of Compatibility Problems 686

Avoid Using New Features 687

But Will It Work on a Mac? 689

Dealing with 64-Bit Excel 690

Creating an International Application 691

Part V: Appendix

Appendix A: VBA Statements and Function Reference 701

Index 709

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