Officially known as "Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Extensibility 5.3," the VBE object library provides access to the code and forms within an application, and to the various objects that compose the Visual Basic Integrated Development Environment (VBIDE). By default, this object library is not included in the list of referenced libraries for new projects. In order to use the objects referred to in this chapter, a reference to the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Extensibility 5.3 library must be created using the Tools
Many of the objects in the VBE object model have the same names as objects in the Excel object model. To distinguish the libraries and to ensure that you have the object from the VBE library, you need to include the
VBIDE library name in any
Dim statements you may use:
Dim oWinVB As VBIDE.Window 'Always gives a VBE Window Dim oWinXL As Excel.Window 'Always gives an XL Window Dim oWin As Window 'Gives an XL Window
All of the applications in Office 2007 share the same development environment — the VBE. The code and forms that belong to each Excel workbook, Word document, Access database, or PowerPoint presentation (that is, the "host document") are grouped into Visual Basic projects (the
VBProject object). There is one project for each host document. Outlook has a single Project, which "belongs" to the application.