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Understanding Macros in Excel

A macro is a set of instructions that can be used to automate tasks in Excel. Macros are written in a programming language called Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).

You can use macros to automate tasks that you would otherwise have to do manually, such as entering data into a worksheet, performing calculations, or creating charts and graphs. Macros can also be used to automate repetitive tasks, such as printing a set of reports or copying data from one worksheet to another.

Macros are stored in macro-enabled workbooks (files with a .xlsm extension). When you open a macro-enabled workbook, Excel will display a message asking if you want to enable or disable the macros. If you enable the macros, the macros will run when you open the workbook. If you disable the macros, the macros will not run.

You can also create your own macros. To do this, you need to use the Visual Basic Editor (VBE), which is a separate program that comes with Excel. The VBE is used to write and edit code in VBA. To open the VBE, press Alt+F11 on your keyboard.

Recording Macros

One way to create a macro is to record your actions in Excel. When you record a macro, Excel will translate your actions into VBA code. This code can then be edited and reused as needed.

To record a macro:

  1. Open the workbook in which you want to store the macro.
  2. On the Developer tab, click Record Macro. If the Developer tab is not visible, see Show the Developer tab.
  3. (Optional): In the Macro name, type a name for the macro.
    In the "Store macro in", click where you want to store the macro.
    In the "Description", type a description of what the macro does.
    Click "OK".

  4. (Optional): If you want to use shortcut keys to run the macro, click "Shortcut keys", and then enter key combinations in the "Press new shortcut key(s)". For more information about shortcut keys, see Assign a macro to a button or keystroke.

  5. Do one or more of the following:
          1. To insert text or numbers, click where you want to insert them and then type.
            To delete text or numbers, select them and then press DELETE.
            To move around in your worksheet while recording your macro, use arrow keys or mouse.
            To select cells while recording your macro, click them or drag through them.
            To stop recording your actions without saving them as part of your macro, click Stop Recording on the Developer tab.
    1. When you finish recording your actions, click Stop Recording on the Developer tab.

    Running Macros

    1. To run a recorded macro:
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