Configuring VBA


To start using VBA you need to enable the Developer tab and the macros. This way you will be able to create and edit codes as well as execute them and see their function.

Macros are sets of codes that perform some task.


Enabling the Developer tab

The Developer tab is not displayed by default in Excel.

To enable the Developer tab on Excel 2016:

  1. Select "File"
  2. Go to "Options"
  3. When in the Excel options, click on "Customize Ribbon" (on the left)
  4. Click on the Developer checkbox under the list of Main Tabs (on the right)
  5. Click on OK
Enabling Developer Tab

Once you have enabled the Developer tab, it will be shown in the tool bar at the top of the screen.

Developer Tab

VBA Enabling Macros

Excel does not enable macros from files by default. This is mostly due to safety concerns. It may mislead some users to believe that there is an error in the code or that the file is not working properly.

The following steps will gide you to open a worksheet with macros and to avoid constant security warning popups:

  1. Select "File"
  2. Go to "Options"
  3. When in the Excel options, click on "Trust Center"
  4. Select "Trust Center Settings"
  5. Click on "Macro Settings"
  6. Select the option "Enable all macros"
  7. Click on "OK"
Enabling Macros
  • Enabling macros is not saved on the workbook or worksheet, but on the computer that did it.
  • Please remember that not all macros are safe and some may contain malicious codes. Only enable macros acquired from a source you trust.


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