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Running a macro

From: Excel 2010: Pivot Tables in Depth

Video: Running a macro

Excel macros let you perform complicated tasks such as manipulating PivotTables quickly by recording the steps and playing them back when needed. In this movie, I will show you several ways run your macros so you can pick the one that works best for you. I have started with just a blank workbook open and the reason for that is that I want to show you what can happen if you open a workbook that contains a macro. To do that, I will trust Ctrl+O to display the Open dialog box and then I will navigate to my Exercise Files folder, which is on my Desktop, and then under Chapter 8, I will double-click Running, which is the sample file we will use for this movie.

Running a macro

Excel macros let you perform complicated tasks such as manipulating PivotTables quickly by recording the steps and playing them back when needed. In this movie, I will show you several ways run your macros so you can pick the one that works best for you. I have started with just a blank workbook open and the reason for that is that I want to show you what can happen if you open a workbook that contains a macro. To do that, I will trust Ctrl+O to display the Open dialog box and then I will navigate to my Exercise Files folder, which is on my Desktop, and then under Chapter 8, I will double-click Running, which is the sample file we will use for this movie.

When I double-click the file to open it, you might see a security warning bar, indicating that macros have been disabled. You then have two options: either to enable the content or to click the Close button to close the message bar without enabling macros. In this example I do want to use the macros so in a moment we'll click of the Enable Content button. But before that, if you don't see this bar I want to tell you how you can enable macros from within the Trust Center dialog box, because what probably happened, if you didn't see the security warning bar come up, it means that macros have been turned off entirely for this installation of Microsoft Excel and if that's the case and you want to run macros here's what you do.

You click the File tab to go to the Backstage View and then click Options. Then in the Excel Options dialog box, click Trust Center and then click Trust Center Settings. In the Trust Center dialog box, click Macro Settings and here you can select what you want to do with your macros. At present I have my Macro Security Setting at Disable all macros with notification. As we saw earlier that gives me the option to allow macros to run.

If you didn't see the security warning bar and you're having trouble running macros, then your macro's security might be set to Disable all macros without notification or Disable all macros except digitally signed macros. So if you didn't see a message bar then you need to come into this dialog box and set your Security to Disable all macros with notification. If you're in a corporate or enterprise environment then please make sure that making that change is okay with your IT department. Let them know that you are working through this course and the workbook contains macros and is known to contain macros.

If they're okay with it or if they will do it for you, go ahead and change your Macro security setting. So I have mine where I need it so I will click Cancel twice to close out of the Excel Options dialog box and I can click the Enable Content button to enable macros. Now there are several ways to run a macro in Microsoft Excel. The first is from within the Macros dialog box. To view the Macros dialog box click the View tab and then at the far right end you'll see the Macros button.

Click the down arrow and then click View Macros. When you do, you see the macros that are available inside of your workbook. If you want to run a macro then just click the name and then click Run. The macro that I just created rearranged the contents of this PivotTable. Another way to run a macro is to assign it to a shape. So let me go to the Insert tab, click Shapes, and then I'll just create a rounded rectangle and I will make a small button here and then I'll type some text to put in the middle, "Macro launch", and then right-click the Shape and click Assign Macro.

This displays the Assign Macro dialog box and you can select any of the macros that you want. In this case I want to do Company by Quarter and Year and then click OK. Now if I click away from the button to release the selection and move my mouse pointer over the button, you'll see that the mouse pointer changes to a pointing hand. It's the same pointing hand you might see if you hover your mouse pointer over a hyperlink such as one that leads to a webpage. That's because clicking this button or a hyperlink will lead to an action.

So the pointing hand means that something is about to happen, whether it's going to another webpage or running a macro. In this case if I click the button, Excel runs the macro that I assigned to it. Now the final way that I'm going to show you to run a macro is by creating a button for it on the Quick Access Toolbar. To do that click the Customize Quick Access down arrow, then click More Commands. Then on the Quick Access Toolbar page of the Excel Options dialog box in the Choose Commands From list, click its down arrow and then click Macros.

Doing so will list the macros that are available to you in this workbook. In this case I want to do Year_Month_Company. So I will click it and click Add and then after you add the button you can change its appearance. Make sure that the macro is selected over on the Quick Access Toolbar side of the pane, click Modify, and then select the button that you want. In this case I will apply a Play button. Everything looks good and I will leave the display name the same and click OK.

Now when I click OK, Excel adds the button to the Quick Access Toolbar. When I click it, Excel runs the macro. If you run a macro occasionally or you don't want your colleagues running it out of curiosity, you might find the best solution for your application is to run the macro from the Macro dialog box. If you build a worksheet that relies on a macro to update the values or to write values in other worksheet, then attaching the macro to a shape might be best. If you run several macros frequently, then adding them to the Quick Access Toolbar makes them available without cluttering your display.

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Excel 2010: Pivot Tables in Depth

66 video lessons · 39389 viewers

Curt Frye
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  1. 1m 38s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
  2. 38m 8s
    1. Introducing PivotTables
      4m 2s
    2. Formatting data for use in a PivotTable
      4m 31s
    3. Creating a PivotTable
      4m 20s
    4. Pivoting a PivotTable
      3m 47s
    5. Configuring a PivotTable
      3m 23s
    6. Connecting to an external data source
      3m 30s
    7. Connecting to an Access database
      2m 11s
    8. Consolidating data from multiple sources
      4m 37s
    9. Updating and refreshing PivotTable data sources
      4m 21s
    10. Managing PivotTables
      3m 26s
  3. 23m 33s
    1. Adding, removing, and positioning subtotals and grand totals
      3m 27s
    2. Changing the PivotTable data field summary operation
      4m 35s
    3. Summarizing more than one data field
      3m 16s
    4. Creating a calculated field
      2m 27s
    5. Grouping PivotTable fields
      3m 17s
    6. Using PivotTable data in a formula
      4m 47s
    7. Drilling down to the underlying data
      1m 44s
  4. 28m 9s
    1. Sorting PivotTable data
      2m 0s
    2. Creating a custom sort order
      2m 48s
    3. Filtering a PivotTable field by selection
      2m 59s
    4. Filtering a PivotTable by rule
      2m 56s
    5. Filtering a PivotTable using a search filter
      3m 10s
    6. Filtering a PivotTable using slicers
      4m 2s
    7. Formatting slicers
      3m 43s
    8. Filtering a PivotTable with report filter fields
      5m 2s
    9. Clearing and reapplying PivotTable filters
      1m 29s
  5. 15m 2s
    1. Applying a PivotTable style
      5m 5s
    2. Creating a PivotTable style
      4m 37s
    3. Changing the PivotTable layout
      3m 20s
    4. Changing the data field number format
      2m 0s
  6. 24m 33s
    1. Highlighting cells by applying a rule
      2m 54s
    2. Highlighting the top or bottom values in a PivotTable
      3m 30s
    3. Formatting PivotTable cells using data bars
      3m 50s
    4. Formatting PivotTable cells using color scales
      3m 40s
    5. Formatting PivotTable cells using icon sets
      2m 45s
    6. Editing conditional formatting rules
      2m 15s
    7. Controlling how multiple rules are applied
      3m 28s
    8. Deleting a conditional formatting rule
      2m 11s
  7. 24m 0s
    1. Creating a PivotChart
      3m 29s
    2. Pivoting a PivotChart
      3m 5s
    3. Filtering a PivotChart
      3m 45s
    4. Formatting a PivotChart
      3m 35s
    5. Changing a PivotChart layout
      3m 14s
    6. Changing a PivotChart chart type
      4m 30s
    7. Adding a trendline to a PivotChart
      2m 22s
  8. 9m 27s
    1. Printing a PivotTable
      4m 2s
    2. Printing each item on its own page
      3m 30s
    3. Printing a PivotChart
      1m 55s
  9. 13m 30s
    1. Recording and reviewing a macro
      4m 10s
    2. Running a macro
      5m 57s
    3. Creating a simple PivotTable presentation kit
      3m 23s
  10. 19m 17s
    1. Introducing PowerPivot
      2m 9s
    2. Downloading and installing PowerPivot
      2m 36s
    3. Importing PowerPivot data
      3m 14s
    4. Managing table columns
      4m 1s
    5. Adding tables to a PowerPivot model
      2m 27s
    6. Creating relationships between tables
      4m 50s
  11. 24m 30s
    1. Introducing the DAX language
      2m 58s
    2. Using DAX operators
      4m 44s
    3. Surveying DAX functions
      2m 40s
    4. Adding calculated columns and measures
      4m 22s
    5. Using aggregate functions
      4m 24s
    6. Using filters in aggregate functions
      5m 22s
  12. 59s
    1. Additional resources
      59s

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