Chapter 2: Excel in a Nutshell


Introducing Excel's object orientation

Gaining a conceptual overview of Excel, including a description of its major features

Discovering the new features in Excel 2010

Taking advantage of helpful tips and techniques

Thinking in Terms of Objects

When you're developing applications with Excel (especially when you're dabbling with Visual Basic for Applications — VBA), it's helpful to think in terms of objects, or Excel elements that you can manipulate manually or via a macro. Here are some examples of Excel objects:

The Excel application

An Excel workbook

A worksheet in a workbook

A range or a table in a worksheet

A ListBox control on a UserForm (a custom dialog box)

A chart embedded in a worksheet

A chart series in a chart

A particular data point in a chart

You may notice that an object hierarchy exists here: The Excel object contains workbook objects, which contain worksheet objects, which contain range objects. This hierarchy comprises Excel's object model. Excel has more than 200 classes of objects that you can control directly or by using VBA. Other Microsoft Office products have their own object models.

note.eps Controlling objects is fundamental to developing applications. Throughout this book, you find out how to automate tasks by controlling Excel's objects, and you do so by using VBA. This concept becomes clearer ...

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