How To Access and Enable VBA in Excel

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Visual Basic for Applications, or VBA, is a Microsoft programming language that allows users to create scripts to execute certain actions or functions in a document by using Macros. It is most widely used in Excel to manage large quantities of data; however, other uses do exist.

Access to VBA is turned off by default in Excel as a security precaution. Microsoft Office is vulnerable to Macro viruses, which can be spread to other documents if VBA is enabled. However, enabling VBA does not increase your likelihood of contracting a computer virus if you use it correctly and with caution.

To get started manipulating data, you will need to add the VBA add-in and enable access. This article will explain how to get started with VBA on your Windows computer.

Activate the VBA Add-In

To enable/disable the VBA tool, first open Excel, click Options, and select Add-ins. In the list that displays, find the add-in Analysis ToolPalk - VBA, and select OK:



VBA add-in will now be active. Next, you must ensure the VBA tool is enabled.

Enable or Disable Access to VBA in Excel

To enable/disable VBA tool, first open Excel, click Options, and find the Trust Center. Here, select the Trust Center Settings, and search for Macro Settings:


To enable access to VBA, ensure to check the option Trust access to the VBA project object model. To disable it, make sure that the box is unchecked:



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