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Microsoft Excel - Recording a Macro and Understanding the Basic concepts of the Visual Basic Editor (VBE) - Part One

Course details

CPD Points





Half day (09:00-13:00)

Course Overview

The first part of this Expert level course is designed to assist those wishing to build further upon their knowledge of Microsoft Excel and take it to the next level.

The content will enable you to progress to maximise your efficiency by using the Macro recorder to build an automated routine to replicate repetitive tasks within Excel. You will learn the basic concepts of interpreting Visual Basic Application (VBA) code within the Visual Basic Editor (VBE) and gain the knowledge required to combine different sub routines directly within the VBE.

Course Content

Understanding the Concepts of Macros and VBA

  • How to record a Macro
  • Where your Macro is recorded - selecting different locations to save your macros and implications thereof.
  • Create a Macro using the Macro Recorder
  • Look at the 7 different ways to run your macro including:
    • Keyboard Shortcut
    • Button on worksheet
    • Quick Access Toolbar
  • Look at the significance of when to use an Absolute or Relative reference within a Macro.

Modifying Recorded VBA code in the VBE.

  • Understand the key elements of the VBE.
  • Analyse the effect in VBA code of the difference syntax between Absolute and Relative references.
  • Create two macros and analyse the VBA Code within the VBE.
  • Join two macros together directly within the VBE.

Identify and delete superfluous code inserted via a recorded Macro

Course Benefits

You will learn how to automate repetitive manual tasks thus making huge efficiency savings and eradicating human error.


Ideally you will have completed the ‘Advanced’ module or have a good working knowledge of Excel’s complex functionality to an advanced level.

Next Steps

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Course Tutor

  • Jacqui Ward

    Jacqui Ward is the proprietor and trainer of JW Training, specialising in providing Microsoft application training and business consultancy.

    Jacqui is a qualified PRINCE 2 Project Manager and freelance computer software trainer with over 25 years’ experience both in Guernsey and the UK. She has delivered packaged and bespoke training on a corporate, group or one-to-one basis for a variety of major financial companies, the States of Guernsey, Guernsey Electricity and quarterly Excel sessions for the GTA to name just a few.

    In previous roles Jacqui has worked as both a marketing director for an international merchant bank and as an IT business solutions manager. Delegate feedback is consistently high, emphasising Jacqui’s ability to draw on her vast experience to deliver training which is targeted on user requirements in her relaxed, friendly and focused style.

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