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Preface

Preface

As the title suggests, this book is for those who want to learn how to program Microsoft Excel Version 8 (for Office 97) and Version 9 (for Office 2000).

We should begin by addressing the question, “Why would anyone want to program Microsoft Excel?” The answer is simple: to get more power out of this formidable application. As you will see, there are many things that you can do at the programming level that you cannot do at the user-interface level—that is, with the menus and dialog boxes of Excel. Chapter 1 provides some concrete examples of this.

This book provides an introduction to programming the Excel object model using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). However, it is not intended to be an encyclopedia of Excel programming. The goal here is to acquaint you with the main points of Excel programming—enough so that you can continue your education (as we all do) on your own. The goal is that after reading this book you should not need to rely on any source other than the Excel VBA Help file or a good Excel VBA reference book and a nice object browser (such as my Enhanced Object Browser).


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