Macros: Part 2

Level: Basic

Available Durations:

  • 90 minutes
  • 100 minutes
  • 120 minutes
This topic is best presented in 90 minutes or more.

Description:

In Part 2 of Introduction to Excel Macros, Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, takes you beyond the basics of using Excel’s Record Macro feature. He shows you how to enhance the code you’ve created with the Record Macro feature by adding error-handling functions, decision-making capabilities, and interactive features. In addition, David presents techniques, features, and keyboard shortcuts that will help you eliminate repetitive tasks and become more proficient utilizing Excel macros.

David demonstrates every technique at least twice: first, on a PowerPoint slide with numbered steps, and second, in the subscription-based Office 365 version of Excel. David draws your attention to any differences in the older versions of Excel (2019, 2016, 2013, and earlier) during the presentation as well as in his detailed handouts. David also provides an Excel workbook that includes most of the examples he uses during the webcast.

Office 365 is a subscription-based product that provides new-feature updates as often as monthly. Conversely, the perpetual licensed versions of Excel have feature sets that don’t change. Perpetual licensed versions have year numbers, such as Excel 2019, Excel 2016, and so on.

Topics/Areas Typically Covered:

  • Discovering how to enable the Developer menu in Excel 2007 and later.
  • Gaining an understanding of Excel’s Goal Seek feature, which is useful in simplifying what-if analyses.
  • Learning how to play back macros you’ve recorded so as to eliminate repetitive or tedious tasks.
  • Using form controls to simplify data entry as well as to control the input of other users.
  • Understanding the nuances of assigning keyboard shortcuts to macros in Excel to avoid superseding shortcuts for built-in features.
  • Learning what to do if a Debug prompt appears.
  • Adding error-handling features to Excel macros to compensate for unexpected or missing data entry inputs.
  • Bypassing filter drop-down lists by filtering based on cell contents with a single keystroke or mouse click.
  • Learning the nuances of the Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook in versions 2007 and later.

Learning Objectives/Why You Should Attend:

  • Apply an enhanced understanding of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macros.
  • List techniques, features, and keyboard shortcuts that will help you eliminate repetitive tasks.
  • Implement Excel’s Goal Seek feature.

Target Industries:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business
  • Excel Users
  • Consulting
  • IT
  • Auditing
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Government
  • Tax

Target Job Title:

  • Accountants
  • CPAs
  • CFOs
  • Controllers
  • Income Tax Preparers
  • Enrolled Agents
  • Financial Consultants
  • IT Professionals
  • Auditors
  • Human Resource Personnel
  • Bookkeepers
  • Excel Users
  • Marketers
  • Government Personnel

About the Instructor:

David H. Ringstrom, CPA, is an author and nationally recognized instructor who teaches scores of webinars each year. His Excel courses are based on over 25 years of consulting and teaching experience. David’s mantra is “Either you work Excel, or it works you,” so he focuses on what he sees users don’t, but should, know about Microsoft Excel. His goal is to empower you to use Excel more effectively. To learn more about David, you can view his LinkedIn profile and follow him on Facebook or Twitter (@excelwriter).

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