Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is a programming language used to develop Microsoft applications, such as MS Excel, MS Word, and MS Access. This programming language is used to develop user-defined functions, access Windows API, and other low-level functionalities. VBA is similar to VB and uses the Visual Basic Runtime Library to develop VBA code.
With the help of OLE authentication, VBA can manage one application from another. Automatically, the Microsoft Word report can be developed using VBA. It is built into many Microsoft Office applications, such as Mac OS X and various other applications.
VBA helps the technical personnel to develop customized applications as well as solutions to improve their functionality. The advantage of VBA is that you do not require visual basic to be installed on your system.
The common use of VBA macros is to:
- Insert a text string
- Automate tasks performed frequently
- Automate repetitive operations
- Create a custom command
- Create a custom toolbar button
- Create a custom menu button
- Create a simplified front end
- Develop new worksheet functions
- Create complete macro-driven applications
- Create custom add-ins for Excel
The initial version of VBA was targeted to Windows 3.0 and was released in May 1991. The next version was released in November 1992, providing the environment to be used easily with an improved speed. Later on, the next version was introduced in 1993, which was brought into two versions namely Standard and Professional. Further, the next version was introduced in August 1995, and then in 1997.