Excel Macros

Excel Macros

Welcome to our Excel video session! In today's lesson, we will delve into the world of macros and explore how they can enhance your Excel experience. Macros are powerful automation tools that allow you to record and execute a series of actions, making repetitive tasks a breeze. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of enabling the Developer tab, recording and executing macros, as well as editing and deleting them. So, let's dive in and discover the wonders of macros!

Enabling the Developer Tab:

To begin, you need to activate the Developer tab on the Excel Ribbon. By pressing the Alt key, you can access the shortcut for the ribbon menus. Remember, you need to press the keys sequentially, not simultaneously. If you don't see the Developer tab, you can customize your ribbon options by going to File > Options > Customize Ribbon. Ensure that the "Developer" box is checked, and you'll have the Developer tab readily available for use.

Recording a Macro:

Once the Developer tab is accessible, you can start recording your first macro. Click on the Developer tab and select "Record Macro" to begin. Give your macro a descriptive name and assign a shortcut key for quick execution. With the recording underway, perform the actions you want to automate. For instance, let's say we want to fill cells to the left. Utilize the Alt key to access the Home tab, open the editing options, and select "Fill Left." Finally, stop the macro by clicking the square in the bottom left corner or using the Alt key and the same button you used to start the recording.

Executing and Modifying Macros:

To apply your recorded macro, select the desired range and execute it using the assigned shortcut key. You'll witness how the actions you performed during recording are automatically replicated. If you wish to edit or delete a macro, access the macro window through the Developer tab. Here, you can run the macro, open the Visual Basic menu for advanced editing, modify the shortcut or description, and delete the macro if needed.

Inserting Buttons:

Buttons provide a convenient way to execute macros without relying on shortcut keys. To insert a button, navigate to the Developer tab and select "Insert" followed by "Button." You can explore other options such as combo boxes, checkboxes, and more. Buttons can be linked to specific macros, allowing you to effortlessly execute them by simply clicking the corresponding button.


Congratulations! You have now gained valuable insights into Excel macros and their immense potential to streamline your workflow. By harnessing the power of macros, you can automate repetitive tasks and boost your efficiency and productivity in Excel. Remember to practice and familiarize yourself with the various shortcuts and options available. For additional practice, consider accessing our simualtion based platform, keySkillset.com. Embrace the world of macros, and excel in Excel like never before!

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