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Software-Matters have been programming Microsoft products since 1994 so have a wealth of knowledge and experience. We write code in VBA on a daily basis and the team regularly answer questions in forums on this subject.

Our main bulk of work is in MS Access and Excel but we have also done a lot of VBA programming in MS Word and Outlook. More recently we have been programming online web solutions that use VBScript and link to an Access database.

What is VBA?

VBA, which stands for Visual Basic for Applications, is a programming language developed by Microsoft. Access and Excel, along with the other members of the Microsoft Office suite include the VBA language. VBA is the tool that people use to develop programs that control MS Access and Excel. Don’t confuse VBA with VB (which stands for Visual Basic). VB is a programming language that lets you create standalone executable programs (those EXE files). Although VBA and VB have a lot in common, they are actually quite different.

Examples

A common use of VBA is to add functionality that may be missing from the standard user interface.

MS Access

This function in MS Access calculates the number of working days (Monday-Friday) from start to end.

Public Function WDays(ByVal ST As Variant, en As Variant) As Integer
Dim counter As Byte, Temp As Date, Weeks As Integer, moving As Date
If DateDiff("d", ST, en) <= 0 Then
WDays = 0 'end is before start
ElseIf IsNull(en) Or IsNull(ST) Then
WDays = 0
Else
Weeks = Int(DateDiff("d", ST, en) / 7) 'whole weeks
Temp = DateAdd("d", Weeks * -7, en) 'bring end closer to start by weeks
moving = ST 'start at st
Do Until moving = Temp 'loop through days counting weekdays
If WeekDay(moving) <> 1 And WeekDay(moving) <> 7 Then counter = counter + 1
moving = DateAdd("d", 1, moving)
Loop
WDays = Weeks * 5 + counter
End If
End Function

MS Word

This macro provides a shortcut for entering the current date in Word:

Sub EnterCurrentDate()
' EnterCurrentDate Macro
' Macro recorded 15/03/2005 by UserName
'
Selection.InsertDateTime DateTimeFormat:="dd-MM-yy", InsertAsField:=False, _
DateLanguage:=wdEnglishAUS, CalendarType:=wdCalendarWestern, _
InsertAsFullWidth:=False
End Sub
VBA is useful for automating database tasks such as traversing a table:

Sub LoopTableExample

Dim db As DAO.Database
Dim rs As DAO.Recordset

Set db = CurrentDb
Set rs = db.OpenRecordset("SELECT * FROM tblMain")

Do Until rs.EOF
MsgBox rs!FieldName
rs.MoveNext
Loop

rs.Close
Set db = Nothing
End Sub

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