How to Create a Macro in Excel 2010

By Lawrence Adams

Advanced users of Microsoft Excel 2010 often use macros to speed their ability to perform computing tasks. A macro is a series of instructions given to the spreadsheet software. Simple macros record your keystrokes or mouse clicks, allowing you to replicate them quickly and easily. Creating a macro in Excel 2010 automates repetitive tasks, such as complex cell formatting. You can create and save a series of macros to perform basic activities and improve your work efficiency.

Step 1

Identify a complex series of commands you frequently give Microsoft Excel. For example, you could create a macro for formatting a group of cells with 8-point, blue Times New Roman font.

Step 2

Choose the "File" tab. Click "Options" and "Customize Ribbon." Select the "Developer" check box in the "Main Tabs" list to easily access the macro creation tool.

Step 3

Click "Macro Security" on the "Developer" tab. Enable macros under the "Macro Settings" area.

Step 4

Click "Record Macro" to open a window and create a new macro in Excel.

Step 5

Enter a unique name for your macro. Choose a name that begins with a letter, contains no spaces and accurately describes the macro's function.

Step 6

Select an area to store the macro by changing the "Store Macro In" field. Create a brief description of the macro so that you can remember its purpose later. Click OK to close the window and begin recording.

Step 7

Perform the series of functions you want to record. Perform each mouse click, keystroke or other function in the proper order to ensure that the macro will work properly.

Step 8

Click "Stop Recording" when you have finished your series of commands. Microsoft Excel automatically saves the macro when you click this button.

Step 9

Test the macro by selecting an area upon which you want the macro to operate. Select the macro and press "Run." Ensure that the macro performs its function correctly.

Tips & Warnings

  • More advanced users may create a macro in Excel 2010 using Visual Basic for Applications, a type of programming language. Writing macro code in VBA allows you to perform more complex functions than basic macro recording.
  • Disable all macros when you have finished using them. This prevents dangerous code from running on your computer without your consent.