VBA stands for Visual Basic for Applications. Now the beauty of VBA is that it is not something that only software professionals or coders will use in their everyday life. Anyone who uses Microsoft Excel in their lives will benefit from a little knowledge of VBA. When you know VBA you can create macros to automate repetitive tasks which will save you a lot of time and boredom of doing the same thing over and over again. You don’t even have to spend a lot of money and time to attend a classroom where they teach VBA as you can learn VBA online. There are many online VBA courses in India and with WKV (White Knight Ventures) edu learning VBA courses is as simple as reading an article online.
Here are our top 8 reasons why everyone should learn VBA
Imagine having a personal assistant who does all your tasks for you so that you are free to carry out any other task. VBA is like that assistant of yours. When you have to carry out a tedious task involving huge amounts of data you will be glad that you learned VBA.
Scenario 1: You have to format a document of more than fifty thousand words
Scenario 2: You have to format a spreadsheet containing many sheets.
Scenario 3: You have to copy certain rows and columns from a table into different tables in different excel sheets.
Scenario 4: You have to calculate the average, mean, median or carry out some statistical function of certain columns in few excel sheets every day.
Above scenarios are all examples of tasks which are tedious, time-consuming and requires lots of concentration on your part so that the job is done well and on time. They all form the perfect conditions where macros or programs can be created on VBA.
The scenarios mentioned in point one and many such similar scenarios that we face in our daily work, though important can be extremely monotonous and boring. VBA can help you beat boredom and monotony by taking over and performing these mind-numbing repetitive tasks for you.
Even if you are an expert in doing a particular task and you have been doing it for more than a few years as the popular saying goes “To err is human”. So there is a very high possibility that there will be a mistake which will require rework resulting in wastage of time. If you spend some time in creating a VBA program that can carry out the same task then you can be 100% sure that no matter how many times the program is run, it will always carry out the task with 100% accuracy and zero mistakes.
Makes You More Employable
VBA makes a great addition to your resume as it shows to your employer that you can work efficiently by saving time, with little or no mistakes and work faster than someone who does not know VBA. It also opens up many career venues of areas of work for you. Any field or company that uses Microsoft Excel extensively or Microsoft office is a place which needs people with good knowledge of VBA. Be it Finance, data warehouse, analytics etc that deals with huge data.
Improves your Logical Thinking
Doing the same job over and over is not only monotonous but can get extremely boring due to lack of challenges as you will not have to apply your brain much. When you want to stop doing boring repetitive tasks and stimulate your brain to think logically you can switch to VBA. To create programs in VBA you will have to think logically and create a macro to automate a task. You can create VBA to call a particular macro at a certain time, i.e you can schedule a macro to run at a particular time. You can even write a macro to call many macros in a sequence. VBA opens up a world of possibilities for you to carry out your office tasks more efficiently.
No Need to Buy Expensive Software
A major advantage of VBA is in its simplicity. It can literally be coded without any additional software or software development environments. The Microsoft excel is quite sufficient to learn VBA and create programs or macros which can perform the required tasks.
You don’t even Have to Learn the Whole Syntax
The genius of VBA is that a person does not even have to learn the syntax of entire VBA to create macros of programs. Surely a boon for someone who wants to learn VBA and the logic behind it but ends up doing mistakes in syntax. Microsoft Excel has a wonderful tool called Macro Recorder. Using this recorder you can record actions done by you, like the movement of mouse or typing on the keyboard, opening a file, processing some data any many such actions which are carried out by you multiple times. After recording the actions as a macro and saving it, you can run the macro to perform the exact same task in the exact sequence whenever you wish.
Easy to Learn even Without Programming Basics
VBA is a programming language which does not need you to know any programming language to be able to learn it. All you need is logical thinking and willingness to automate your tasks. It is so simple that you can teach yourself VBA with an online VBA course if you have a computer and Microsoft office. It can even act as a foundation for you to learn other programming languages.