Bottom line: A new updated VB Editor has just been released for Excel 2016 for Mac to make it easier to write VBA Macros.
Skill level: Beginner
Big Update to the VB Editor for Mac
I know many Mac users have been waiting along time for this, and I'm excited to share that an update to the VB Editor is finally here!
Microsoft just released a new build of Excel that contains a new VB Editor, which we use to write VBA macros in Excel.
The new VB Editor contains a lot of the features we are used to seeing in the Windows versions of Excel, or Excel 2011 for Mac.
In the video above I highlight some of the many new improvements to the editor. Here is a list of the major new features.
- Intellisense drop-down menus for auto-filling code.
- Toolbars with buttons to for commands like: indenting, comment blocks, run, reset (stop), step into, etc.
- VBA Project, Properties, Immediate, Locals, and Watch windows.
- Debugging features and options.
- Keyboard shortcuts listed next to each command on the top menus.
This new VB Editor feels a lot more like the VB Editor we are used to on the Windows version of Excel.
The one notable feature that is missing right now is userforms. The latest version (7.1) does not have any features that allow you to create, modify, or even view an existing userform. I'm hoping that will be updated in the near future as well.
You can vote for the userforms feature on the Excel UserVoice site. Microsoft uses this site to help prioritize feature updates, so please vote there if you want userforms back.
Even with the absence of userforms, this new VB Editor is a huge leap forward from the editor that was originally shipped with Excel 2016 for Mac. If you are a Mac user, you will now be able to write macros to help you automate Excel and save time with your job.
If you are new to macros or want to learn more, checkout my upcoming free webinar on The 7 Steps to Getting Started with Macros & VBA.
Get the Office Insiders Fast Pre-Release Build
Important Note: You no longer need the Insiders Fast build to get the new VB Editor. You might just need to update Office which can be done from the Help > Check for Updates menu. Here is the page with the release notes for Office that lists all the recent updates.
To get the updated version you will need to be on an Office 365 subscription and on the Office Insiders Fast Program. That program is free to join and open to everyone.
It allows you to download and install pre-release builds of Excel. The latest build is 16.6 at the time of this writing, and it includes PivotCharts and a new VB Editor for writing VBA macros. Two awesome updates for Mac users.
Checkout my video on how to join Office Insiders and get the pre-release version. It's really easy to do!
Help Microsoft with Feedback
As part of the Pre-release Program, Microsoft would love to get your feedback on how to make pivot charts better.
If you find any bugs or have any suggestions you can provide feedback by:
- Clicking the smiley face icon in the top-right corner of Excel.
- Click the “Tell Us What Can Be Better” option.
- Complete the form and hit Send.
The Excel development team will receive the feedback and use it to make Excel even better.
If you are excited about this update, please leave a comment below and let us know. Thank you! 🙂