Absolute Beginner's Guide to VBA

ISBN-10: 0789730766
ISBN-13: 9780789730763
Edition: 2004
Authors: Paul McFedries
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Description: In this book the author shows how readers who are completely new to programming can learn to add features and controls to Microsoft Office applications with the help of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 3/9/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

In this book the author shows how readers who are completely new to programming can learn to add features and controls to Microsoft Office applications with the help of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).

Introduction
Getting Started with VBA
Recording Your First Macro
What Is a Macro?
What Does VBA Have to Do with Macros?
Understanding VBA Procedures
Recording a VBA Macro
Viewing the Resulting Module
Editing a Recorded Macro
Writing Your Own Macros
Displaying the Visual Basic Editor
Touring the Visual Basic Editor
Opening an Existing Module
Creating a New Module
Writing Your Own Command Macro
Running a VBA Macro
Creating User-Defined Functions with VBA
Understanding User-Defined Functions
Writing User-Defined Functions
Employing User-Defined Functions
Working with Procedures
The Structure of a Procedure
Calling a Procedure
Taking Advantage of IntelliSense
Working with Comment Blocks
Working with Modules
Renaming a Module
Exporting a Module
Importing a Module
Removing a Module
Shutting Down the Visual Basic Editor
Understanding Program Variables
Declaring Variables
Avoiding Variable Errors
Variable Data Types
Using Array Variables
Working with Constants
Using Built-In Constants
Creating User-Defined Constants
Building VBA Expressions
Working with VBA Operators
Arithmetic Operators
The Concatenation Operator
Comparison Operators
Logical Operators
Understanding Operator Precedence
The Order of Precedence
Controlling the Order of Precedence
Working with Numeric Expressions
VBA's Math Functions
VBA's Financial Functions
Working with String Expressions
Working with Logical Expressions
The And Operator
The Or Operator
The Xor Operator
The Not Operator
Working with Date Expressions
Working with Objects
The Object Hierarchy
Working with Object Properties
Setting the Value of a Property
Returning the Value of a Property
Working with Object Methods
Handling Object Events
Working with Object Collections
Assigning an Object to a Variable
The Is Operator
Working with Multiple Properties or Methods
Example: The Application Object
Properties of the Application Object
Methods of the Application Object
Example: The Window Object
Specifying a Window Object
Opening a New Window
Window Object Properties
Window Object Methods
Controlling Your VBA Code
Code That Makes Decisions
Using If...Then to Make True/False Decisions
Using If...Then...Else to Handle a False Result
Making Multiple Decisions
Using the And and Or Operators
Using Multiple If...Then...Else Statements
Using the Select Case Statement
Functions That Make Decisions
The IIf Function
The Choose Function
The Switch Function
Code That Loops
Using Do...Loop Structures
Using For...Next Loops
Using For Each...Next Loops
Using Exit For or Exit Do to Exit a Loop
Putting VBA to Work
Programming Word
Working with Documents
Specifying a Document Object
Opening a Document
The RecentFiles Object
Creating a New Document
Saving a Document
Closing a Document
Example: Making Document Backups
More Useful Document Object Methods
Working with Text
The Range Object
The Range Method
The Range Property
Reading and Changing Range Text
Formatting Text
Some Useful Range Object Methods
The Selection Object
Checking the Selection Type
Selection Object Methods
The Characters Object
The Words Object
The Sentences Object
The Paragraph Object
Some Useful Paragraph Object Properties
Some Useful Paragraph Object Methods
Programming Excel
Excel's Application Object
Accessing Worksheet Functions
Methods of Excel's Application Object
Some Event-Like Methods
Manipulating Workbook Objects
Specifying a Workbook Object
Opening a Workbook
Creating a New Workbook
Workbook Object Properties
Workbook Object Methods
Dealing with Worksheet Objects
Specifying a Worksheet Object
Creating a New Worksheet
Properties of the Worksheet Object
Methods of the Worksheet Object
Working with Range Objects
Returning a Range Object
Using the Offset Method
Selecting a Cell or Range
Defining a Range Name
More Range Object Properties
More Range Object Methods
Programming PowerPoint
PowerPoint's Application Object
PowerPoint's Presentation Object
Specifying a Presentation Object
Opening a Presentation
Creating a New Presentation
Presentation Object Properties
Presentation Object Methods
The Juggling Application
Working with PowerPoint Slide Objects
Specifying a Slide
Creating a New Slide
Inserting Slides from a File
Slide Object Properties
The Juggling Application: Creating the Slides
Slide Object Methods
Dealing with Shape Objects
Specifying a Shape
Adding Shapes to a Slide
Some Shape Object Properties
The Juggling Application: Creating the Title Page
Some Shape Object Methods
The Juggling Application: Creating the Instructions
Operating a Slide Show
Slide Show Transitions
Slide Show Settings
Running the Slide Show
Programming Access Databases
Getting Ready: Two Steps Before You Begin
Create a Reference
Create a Data Source
Working with Database Records: Opening a Recordset
Opening a Recordset Using a Table
Opening a Recordset Using a SELECT String
Working with a Recordset
Getting at the Recordset Data
Navigating Records
Finding a Record
Editing a Record
Adding a New Record
Deleting a Record
Retrieving Data into Excel
Retrieving an Individual Field Value
Retrieving One or More Entire Rows
Retrieving an Entire Recordset
Programming Outlook Email
Working with Outlook Folders
Referencing Default Folders
Using the Folders Property
Prompting the User for a Folder
Some MAPIFolder Methods
Working with Email Messages
MailItem Object Properties
MailItem Object Methods
Sending a Message
Creating a New Message
Creating a Reply or Forward
Specifying the Message Recipients
Sending the Message
Working with Attachments
Programming Outlook from Other Applications
Setting Up a Reference to Outlook
Getting the NameSpace Object
Logging On to an Outlook Session
Logging Off an Outlook Session
Getting the Most Out of VBA
Interacting with the User
Programming Sounds
Beeping the Speaker
Programming PowerPoint Sound Effects
Displaying Information to the User
Displaying a Message in the Status Bar
Displaying a Message Using MsgBox
Getting Input from the User
Prompting the User for Input
Accessing an Application's Built-In Dialog Boxes
Creating Custom VBA Dialog Boxes
Adding a Form to Your Project
Changing the Form's Design-Time Properties
The Appearance Category
The Behavior Category
The Font Category
The Misc Category
The Picture Category
The Position Category
The Scrolling Category
Working with Controls
Inserting Controls on a Form
Selecting Controls
Sizing Controls
Moving Controls
Copying Controls
Deleting Controls
Grouping Controls
Setting Control Properties
Common Control Properties
Setting the Tab Order
Handling Form Events
Types of Form Controls
Command Buttons
Labels
Text Boxes
Frames
Option Buttons
Check Boxes
Toggle Buttons
List Boxes
Scrollbars
Spin Buttons
Tab Strips and MultiPage Controls
Using a Form in a Procedure
Displaying the Form
Unloading the Form
Processing the Form Results
Creating Custom Menus and Toolbars
Assigning Macros to Menu Commands
First, a Game Plan
Creating a New Menu
Creating a New Submenu
Adding Menu Commands and Assigning Macros
Deleting Menus and Menu Commands
Creating Custom Toolbars for Your Macros
Creating a New Toolbar
Adding a Toolbar Button and Assigning a Macro
Menus, Toolbars, and VBA
Understanding Command Bars
Specifying a Command Bar
Creating a New Command Bar
Command Bar Properties
Deleting a Custom Command Bar
Resetting a Built-In Command Bar
Working with Command Bar Controls
Specifying a Control
Adding a Control to a Command Bar
The Command Bar Info Utility
Control Properties
Control Methods
Debugging VBA Procedures
Trapping Program Errors
A Basic Error-Trapping Strategy
Working with the Err Object
Err Object Properties
A Basic Strategy for Debugging
Syntax Errors
Compile Errors
Runtime Errors
Logic Errors
Pausing a Procedure
Entering Break Mode
Exiting Break Mode
Stepping Through a Procedure
Stepping into a Procedure
Stepping Over a Procedure
Stepping Out of a Procedure
Stepping to the Cursor
Monitoring Procedure Values
Using the Locals Window
Adding a Watch Expression
Editing a Watch Expression
Deleting a Watch Expression
Displaying Data Values Quickly
Using the Immediate Window
Printing Data in the Immediate Window
Executing Statements in the Immediate Window
Debugging Tips
Indent Your Code for Readability
Turn on Syntax Checking
Require Variable Declarations
Break Down Complex Procedures
Enter VBA Keywords in Lowercase
Comment Out Problem Statements
Break Up Long Statements
Use Excel's Range Names Whenever Possible
Take Advantage of User-Defined Constants
Appendixes
VBA Statements
VBA Functions

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