XL: Contents of the Samples.xls Workbook

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Microsoft Excel ships with a file that contains samples for using Excel. This file is called Samples.xls, and it is located in the following folder:
Excel 2000
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Samples
Excel 2002
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office 10\Samples
This article contains a brief summary of the contents of the Samples.xlsworkbook.
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The Samples.xls workbook contains twelve worksheets: a table of contentsworksheet, ten worksheets that are dedicated to a specific topic, and one worksheet that returns you back to the table of contents.


This worksheet contains introductory information, disclaimers, and linksto the other worksheets.

Worksheet Functions

This worksheet contains sample formulas for completing common spreadsheet tasks, such as:
  • Suppressing the display of error values in formulas.
  • Indexing, matching, and looking up values by using the Lookup Wizard.
  • Calculating formulas based on conditions.

Conditional Formatting

This worksheet provides two examples that demonstrate how to change cell formatting depending on the current value of the cell.

Data Validation

This worksheet provides examples for setting up restrictions for values that can be entered into a cell.

Chart Labeling

This worksheet demonstrates how to add labels to points in an xy (scatter) chart programmatically. It provides sample data, a sample chart, and a link to the Visual Basic macros that create and remove the labels.

Repeating Tasks

This worksheet contains information about using different types ofloops in Visual Basic macros: For Each...Next loops, For...Next loops, and Do... loops. The worksheet contains links to four Visual Basic modules that contain sample code.


This worksheet contains information about using arrays in Visual Basic forApplications macros. The worksheet contains links to two Visual Basic modules that contain sample code.

API (Application Programming Interface) Examples

This worksheet contains nine examples for using API calls from within the programming environment in Excel.


This worksheet contains information about having a certain event trigger a macro to perform a specific task. The events that are covered include BeforeDoubleClick, Change, and BeforeClose. Sample code is contained in this worksheet.


This worksheet contains information about automating tasks between Excel and other Office programs, such as Microsoft Word, MicrosoftAccess, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Outlook. Links to sample code are included.

ADO-ActiveX Data Objects

This worksheet provides examples that illustrate common database tasks with code. It includes numerous links to sample Visual Basic macros.
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Article ID: 213528 - Last Review: 10/24/2013 06:54:00 - Revision: 2.0

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