Showing the developer tab
Excel has tabs at the top. You need to turn on the developer tab:
Go to the Excel options. Here’s how you do it in Excel 2007:
Show Developer tab in the Ribbon:
Here’s how you do it in more recent versions of Excel.
Tell Excel to use column numbers, not letters
Excel normally has letters for columns:
However, you’ll write code like this:
Cells(3, 7).Interior.Color = vbRed
That’s row 3, column 7. Column 7, which is that? One, two, three… Oh, it’s G.
That’s a pain, and easy to mess up. You can tell Excel to show this instead:
How? Go to Excel options, and tell it to use the R1C1 reference style:
This is optional. Use the normal style, if you want. Whatevs.
The Visual Basic Editor (VBE)
VBE is where you’ll type in your code. Some of the default settings are annoying. Let’s fix that.
Press ALT+F11 to open the VBE. You’ll see something like this:
In the main menu, click
Tools, and then
Options. Select the
Editor tab. Turn
Auto syntax check off, and all the others on, including
Require variable declaration:
Require variable declaration will add the line…
… to your code. That should be the first line in your code:
If you forget to turn on option, you can just type in