So you’ll find everything from pre-built time sheets, financial calculators and academic calendars, but also Excel 3D examples, and even a playable piano octave. Excel is a spreadsheet program developed by Microsoft Corporation. It is used to collect, process, and display numerical data, and has a diverse range of uses.
• • • • • Microsoft Excel is a powerful spreadsheet application. Many people miss out on the true power of the program by not capitalizing on everything it can do. Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is a programming development platform that is installed with every Microsoft Office application. Visual Basic is a take on the old Basic programming language. With VBA, a simple Microsoft Excel spreadsheet can be made into a dynamic application that automatically carries out functions and procedures. In this article, we will add simple code to an Excel 2007 spreadsheet to make it talk. This is the perfect project for you to acquaint yourself with the VBA environment.
You will need to know something about programming before doing this project. Video of the Day. Step Open a spreadsheet. You can use a spreadsheet that you currently have on your computer or you can create the spreadsheet shown here. If you are using a pre-made one, make sure there is a totals column.
Step Make the Developer tab appear in the Ribbon. Most likely, you will not see the Developer tab when you open Excel. You will need to click on the 'Microsoft Office' button at the top of the screen, and then click 'Excel Options'. From the Popular screen, choose 'Show Developer Tab in the Ribbon' and click 'OK' to close this form. Click on the 'Developer' tab once it is visible from the Excel screen. Step Type in 'Option Explicit' at the top of the screen. You should do this with ever program you create in VBA.
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This ensures that you name your variables before assigning data to them. Think of variables as small containers that will hold information. They come in handy when the information you are using is constantly changing. For instance, you need to work with the January totals.
Since this amount will change from time to time, you assign it to a variable. You can always call on that variable even if you do not know the exact amount of data it holds. Step Type in the following function: Function TalkIt(txtTotal) Application.Speech.Speak(txtTotal) TalkIt=txtTotal End Function This is the function that will control the spreadsheet talking.