Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Getting Started with VBA
VBA, or Visual Basic for Applications, is the programming language
IN THIS CHAPTER
built in to the programs in the Microsoft Office suite, including
Outlook. To be able write and edit Outlook macros, you must have
a decent understanding of the VBA language. Fortunately, it is a fairly easy
language, having been designed from the very beginning to be accessible not
just to computer geeks but also to us ordinary mortals.
Basic VBA syntax
Storing data — variables, arrays,
and constants
VBA operators
This chapter provides an introduction to the VBA language, giving you an
overview of the most essential language elements. It is by no means a
complete treatment of VBA — that would require an entire book in itself! With
the information provided in this chapter, you can start writing useful macros.
As your needs and interest dictate, you can find more information on VBA in
the online help, books, and other sources.
Conditional and loop statements
Writing and calling procedures
Basic VBA Syntax
A VBA program, or macro , is made up of a series of VBA statements. Each
statement is an instruction that tells Outlook to perform an action such as
adding two numbers or opening an email message. Each statement is on its
own line in the source code, although long lines can be split with a space
followed by an underscore in order to make them easier to read in the editor.
Thus, the following is treated as a single line of code:
ActiveWorkbook.CustomDocumentProperties.Add _
Name:=”Part number”, LinkToContent:=False, _
Type:=msoPropertyTypeNumber, Value:=566
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