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Macros introduction

Series of 3 training webinars (attend any or all)

     Duration: 60 minutes each  
     Format: Interactive webinar  

Complete tasks faster by automating them.
Make your spreadsheets easier to use.
Save time by not having to remember a long sequence of steps.
Reduce errors by having a macro faithfully repeat the same steps.

Excel macros introduction – part 1
Create simple macros in Excel to automate common tasks. Learn how to record, edit, and understand macro code. Add buttons and shortcut keys to run the macros.

  • Create a macro to apply a cell format (shading).
  • Learn where to store the macro code.
  • Edit the macro code in the Visual Basic Editor.
  • Create a toolbar button to run a macro.
  • Learn the use of range names to identify spreadsheet data.
  • Create a macro to print certain reports.
  • Edit the print-reports macro to enhance reliability and performance.
  • Create a button on the sheet to run the macro.
Excel macros introduction – part 2
Create an import application by breaking a complex problem into three steps. For each of the steps, see how to record, edit, and debug the macro code, plus how to prompt the user to enter required details.

  • Create a macro that clears previously-imported data.
  • Create a macro that opens a text file and imports all the data to a spreadsheet, even when the number of data rows might change.
  • Use relative referencing instead of cell references.
  • Create a macro that applies a filter to show only certain rows.
  • Step through macros to test and debug (fix errors) line-by-line.
  • Create a macro that runs the previous three macros in sequence.
  • Suppress the display of unwanted prompts.
Excel macros introduction – part 3
Improve the import application. Prompt the user. Use If… Then… Else logic. Loop to process data.

  • Prompt for a month number.
  • Concatenate text to store a filename into a variable.
  • Use the Immediate Window to test and develop code.
  • Display a message when a user enters an invalid month number.
  • Use a For…Next loop to delete certain rows of a range.
  • See other loop examples.


If you start at part 1, no knowledge of macros is required, but you must be a regular Excel user. If you start at part 2 or 3, you need to be familiar with the topics covered in the previous parts.
Applies to all Excel versions including 2013, 2010 and 2007. Any differences are pointed out.


Live webinar format

See the presentation on your PC screen and hear the presenter either from your PC speakers/headphones or on the telephone.

Type questions on the chat line during the presentation. Questions will be answered by the co-presenter.

Stay engaged with multiple-choice quizzes.

Test out the webinar technology with one of the free Excel 10-minute tips webinars.


Each webinar has a main presenter and a co-presenter, who share the presentation and question-answering. Having two makes it more engaging, and different viewpoints expressed makes it clearer.

There are a number of different AbleOwl presenters, all of whom are Excel specialists.

Excel versions

Unless specified otherwise, all webinars cover all current Excel versions from 2007 onwards. Any differences among versions are pointed out.


Webinar characteristics AbleOwl Others
Two presenters share the teaching, so one can answer queries, and the dialogue between makes the webinar more engaging. ***** *
You’re encouraged to interact with the presenters through quizzes and chat-box discussions: you’re not a passive observer. **** **
Presenters are Excel specialists, can give additional insight and answer any queries. ***** ****
Each different presenter brings his/her own personality and humour(?). **** **
You discover not only Excel parts, but also how to structure and standardise, like learning not only words, but grammar too. ***** *
You get a step-by-step PDF manual sent in advance to preview and review. ***** *
You can take advantage of expert post-webinar email support to help you get the full benefit from your new skills. ***** *
You are provided a clear and consistent learning path, without duplication, by the depth and breadth of webinar series topics. ***** ***
You can purchase multiple vouchers at considerable savings. **** **



"Great. I was able to follow really easily and it flowed along logically. Good pace. Good to have the 2 presenters i.e. who can “chat’ about what’s being done, giving 2 points of view etc."
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