Do you track what proportion of the time you spend working on Excel goes away in small and relatively unimportant, but repetitive, tasks?
If you have (and perhaps even if you haven”t), you have probably noticed that routine stuff such as formatting or inserting standard text usually take up a significant amount of time. Even if you have practice in carrying out these activities and you are able to complete them relatively fast, those “5 minutes” that you spend almost every day inserting your company”s name and details in all the Excel worksheets you send to clients/colleagues start adding up over time.
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In most (not all) cases, investing much time on these common but repetitive operations doesn”t yield proportional results. In fact, most of them are great examples of the 80/20 principle in action. They”re part of the majority of efforts that has little impact on the output.
If you are reading this Excel macro Tutorial for Beginners, however, you”re probably already aware of how macros are one of Excel”s most powerful features and how they can help you automate repetitive tasks.
As a consequence of this, you”re probably searching for a basic guide for beginners that explains, in an easy-to-follow way, how to create macros.
Macros are an advanced topic and, if you want to become an advanced programmer, you will encounter complex materials. This is why some training resources on this topic are sometimes difficult to follow.
However, this does not mean that the process to set-up a macro in Excel is impossible to learn. In fact, in this Excel Macro Tutorial for Beginners, I explain how you can start creating basic macros now in 7 easy steps.
In addition to taking you step-by-step through the process of setting up a macro, this guide includes a step-by-step example.
More precisely, in this Excel tutorial I show you how to set-up a macro that does the following:
Type “This is the best Excel tutorial” into the active cell.Auto fit the column width of the active cell, so that the typed text fits in a single column.Color the active cell red.
This Excel Macro Tutorial for Beginners is accompanied by an Excel workbook containing the data and macros I use (including the macro I describe above). You can get immediate free access to this example workbook by clicking the button below.
The 7 steps that I explain below are enough to set you on your way to producing basic Excel macros.
However, if you are interested in fully unleashing the power of macros and are interested in learning how to program Excel macros using VBA, the second part of this Excel Macro Tutorial for Beginners sets you on your way to learn more advanced topics by:
Introducing you to Visual Basic for Applications (or VBA) and the Visual Basic Editor (or VBE).Explaining how you can see the actual programming instructions behind a macro, and how you can use this to start learning how to write Excel macro code.Give you some tips that you can start using now to improve and accelerate the process of learning about macros and VBA programming.
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