The Developer Tab

The Developer Tab contains a variety of tools that allow you to customize Excel. Of particular importance is the fact that the Developer tab contains tools that allow you to create, access and edit macros. By default the Developer Tab is not displayed to enable and display complete the following steps.

Enable The Developer Tab

Click the File tab.
Select Options from the menu on the left of the screen.
The Excel Options dialog box will be displayed.
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Select Customize Ribbon.
In the right hand pane click the check-box next to Developer.
Click OK.
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The Developer tab will now be displayed in the tabs section of the ribbon.
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The Developer tab is broken into five main groups:

Code   Add-Ins   Controls   XML   Modify

Code Group

The Code group of the Developer tab contains functions that allow you to create, access and edit Macros.
You can also control the level of security used when handling Macros.
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Visual Basic

When you click the Visual Basic button you will be taken to the Visual Basic Editor (VBE).
The programming language used in Excel is Visual Basics for Applications better known as VBA.
This section allows you to create and edit the VBA code.
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The Macros button will give you a listing of all Macros that exist in any open workbook.
From here you can modify Macros in many different ways.
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Record Macro

When you click on Record Macro an option box will be displayed allowing you to input details of your new Macro.
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Use Relative References

When you record a macro with relative cell referencing the actions recorded in the macro are relative to the starting cell location.

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Relative References disabled
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Relative References enabled

Macro Security

You can set a macro security level to control what happens when you open a workbook that contains a macro.
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Add-Ins are programs that add optional commands and features to Microsoft Excel.
The Add-Ins section handles all add-ins to Excel. Various 3rd party products can be installed that work within Excel.
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Add-Ins options box
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COM Add-Ins options box

Controls Group

The Controls group of the Developer tab allows you to insert and edit items added from Form Controls or ActiveX Controls. These controls can then be linked to a Macro.
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The Insert options dropdown which lets you add various Form and ActiveX Controls.
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Design Mode

Design Mode will be shaded when enabled.
Design mode must be enabled to modify a selected control.
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View or modify properties for a selected control.

View Code

View and modify the Visual Basic code for a selected control.

Run Dialog

Run a custom dialog box.

XML Group

XML allows you to store and share structured data in a readable format. Excel can import data from databases and other applications in XML format and likewise it can output XML files to be imported into other applications. This makes it easier to obtain and manipulate data from other sources that support XML
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Documents Panel

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The Document Panel allows you to specify templates that open in various Office compatible programs such as SharePoint.
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