Microsoft Excel – An Introduction To Macros And VBA (Visual Basic)

Date & Time

6 Nov 09:00 - 13:00


GTA University Centre, Guernsey

Course Summary

This half-day course is designed to assist those wishing to build further upon their knowledge of Microsoft Excel to the next level. The content will enable you to progress to maximise efficiency by compiling a Macro to automate repetitive tasks within Excel, using both Recording steps and writing directly in VBA code.

Our series of excel courses also includes Excel Beginners, Excel Intermediate and Excel Advanced.


Understanding the Concepts of Macros and VBA

  • Explain the difference between a Macro and Visual Basic
  • How to Record a Macro
  • Where your Macro is Recorded
  • Create a Macro using the Macro Recorder to consolidate data
  • Look at the 7 different ways to run your macro including:
    • Keyboard Shortcut
    • Button on worksheet
    • Quick Access Toolbar

Stepping Stones to Writing Efficient VBA Code

  • Look at the significance of when to use an Absolute or Relative reference within a Macro.
  • Analyse the difference in the VBA code and understand the syntax for both Absolute and Relative References.
  • Understand the key elements of the Visual Basic Editor (VBE)
  • Create a New Macro using the Code Window to include Dynamic Cell Selection (Special Cells)
  • Identify and delete superfluous code in a recorded Macro

Visual Basic Essentials

  • Colour Guidelines & Keyboard Shortcuts
  • What the Object Model is
  • Excel Object Library containing code words
  • Object Properties
  • Methods in VBA
  • How to find the Correct Syntax (property or method)
  • Rows, Columns & Range referencing
  • Cells & Offset referencing
  • How to reference Worksheets and Workbooks
  • Useful Built-in Functions


  • Methods to Debug Code
  • How and when to use the Immediate Window

Course Benefits

To automate repetitive manual tasks thus making huge efficiency savings and eradicating human error.

Tutor Profile


Jacqui Ward is the proprietor and trainer of JW Training, specialising in providing Microsoft application training and business consultancy.

Jacqui is a qualified PRINCE 2 Project Manager and freelance computer software trainer with over 25 years’ experience both in Guernsey and the UK. She has delivered packaged and bespoke training on a corporate, group or one-to-one basis for a variety of major financial companies, the States of Guernsey, Guernsey Electricity and quarterly Excel sessions for the GTA to name just a few.
In previous roles, Jacqui has worked as both a marketing director for an international merchant bank and as an IT business solutions manager. Delegate feedback is consistently high, emphasising Jacqui’s ability to draw on her vast experience to deliver training which is targeted on user requirements in her relaxed, friendly and focused style.