Excel Macro Examples for Use (Part 1)

How much of your time do you spend on spreadsheets? You manually enter line after line of data and then painstakingly format it. This method might be fine for small, infrequent jobs, but imagine the time that could be saved if repetitive steps were automated! There are numerous Excel Macro examples available that simplify common clerical, reporting, and other administrative functions that impact business processes.

Fred Pryor Seminars_Excel Macro Examples_figure 1How do businesses use macros?

Think of the Excel macro as a very sophisticated spreadsheet with lots of built-in features and enhanced capabilities. Where you might manually enter an item repeatedly or perform a series of steps to accomplish a specific task, you could save time and effort with macros.

Businesses use macros to perform functions like high level calculations, forecasting or basic formatting activities. A task that may take hours to do manually, is cut to several minutes! Businesses rely on macros to accomplish more in less time to improve their bottom line and improve productivity.

Specific Excel Macro examples

Consider the sales team at a major corporation. Thousands of lines of data must be manipulated in order to produce reporting. The same steps required to develop the reporting for the first quarter will be the same for each quarter. Different types of reports for each quarter are required. A macro can be developed to manage the entire process. These reports can automate the manipulation of the data, generate the reporting and display the results in chart form. Instead of these intricate steps being performed for each quarter, a person can accomplish this with a simple, well-designed macro.

Advantages of the macro

There are numerous advantages to using a macro.

  1. They reduce human error. This is helpful for processes that are involved and require a lot of steps to accomplish a single objective.
  2. They streamline high-level reporting functions. Not only do these macros reduce the chances of human error, they also promote efficiency and help improve business processes.
  3. Using Excel Macros boosts productivity, especially when used to handle redundant tasks.

Save money, time, and/or resources and get more done with Excel macros.

Convinced? Check out next week’s post on How to Record an Excel Macro. Happy macro-ing!