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Creating custom Map Charts using shapes and VBA

Whenever I see promotional images for expensive BI Dashboard software, they always show the same thing – a map with countries or regions highlighted in different colors.  It sends the subtle message that maps are the pinnacle of Business Intelligence (whether they are or not is a different matter altogether).  Until Excel 2016, these Map Read More

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Get the file name of the current workbook

There are times in Excel when we may want to display or use the file name of the current workbook, or maybe the name of a specific worksheet.  Whilst there are a variety of options none of them are particularly obvious.  This post will consider some of the possible options: Header/Footer section CELL Function VBA Read More

Controlling Word from Excel using VBA

Controlling Powerpoint from Excel using VBA

So far in this series about using VBA to control other Office applications, we have looked at the basics of controlling other office applications and specifically how to create macros to control Word from within Excel.  Our approach for creating macros to control Word was using the Macro Recorder.  We record very short actions, copy Read More

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Using VBA to control other Office applications

Whilst this site is primarily about using Excel, there are times when Excel is not the best tool for the job.  Each Office application is designed for different tasks.  Tables and charts may be easily prepared in Excel, but they are often exported to PowerPoint, Word or Outlook for the purposes of presentation and distribution.  Read More

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Edit links in PowerPoint using VBA

In a previous post, we considered how to link Excel files to PowerPoint presentations.  This can be a significant time saver as the PowerPoint presentation can be updated automatically.  Once you have created the links, life is brilliant, until . . . you need to change which file the PowerPoint presentation is linked to.  You Read More

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Make a workbook read-only for everybody but me

I was recently asked this question – “How can I make my workbook read-only?”.  I gave the person an answer.  However, the real question they were asking turned out to be “How can I make my workbook read-only for everybody but me”.  In this post, we will explore some of the options available.   Save Read More