List of some programming resources for Visual Basic programming in Office 2003

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This article lists some of the resources that are available to help you learn Microsoft Visual Basic programming in Microsoft Office 2003. This article contains the following sections:
  • Online Help
  • The Object Browser
  • Microsoft Press books
  • Microsoft Knowledge Base
  • Helpful Knowledge Base articles
  • Internet newsgroups
  • Other Web resources
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Online Help

The following are ways to receive help in the Microsoft Visual Basic Editor.

Note To start the Visual Basic Editor in an Office 2003 program, press ALT+F11, or on the Tools menu, point to Macro, and then click Visual Basic Editor.
  • On the Help menu in the Visual Basic Editor, click Microsoft Visual Basic Help.
  • Select a word in the module code sheet, and then press F1 to open Help for that object, method, or property.

The Object Browser

You can use the Object Browser to browse through all the available objects in your project and see their properties, methods, and events. Additionally, you can see the procedures and the constants that are available from object libraries in your project. You can easily display online Help as you browse. You can use the Object Browser to find and use objects that you create, in addition to objects from other programs.

You can receive help for the Object Browser by searching for Object Browser in Help.

To locate the Object Browser, follow these steps:
  1. Open your code module in the Visual Basic Editor.
  2. On the View menu, click Object Browser (F2), or click Object Browser on the Standard toolbar.
  3. In the Project/Library list, select the name of the project or the library that you want to view.
  4. In the Classes list, select the class you want.

    Use the Member list to select specific members of your class or project.
  5. View information about the class or member that you selected in the Details section at the bottom of the window.
  6. Click Help (?) on the Object Browser toolbar to display the Help topic for the class or the member that you selected.

Microsoft Press books

Microsoft Office Access 2003

Title:Programming Microsoft Office Access 2003 (Core Reference)
Author:Rick Dobson
Web site:

Microsoft Office Excel 2003

Title: Microsoft Office Excel 2003 Programming Inside Out
Author:Curtis Frye
Disk:1 Companion CD
Web site:

Additional Microsoft Press resources

You may want to search the Microsoft Press Web site as new resources are added periodically. To view the Microsoft Press Web site, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Microsoft Knowledge Base

Many articles in the Knowledge Base contain sample code for common Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) solutions. The advantage of accessing the articles online is that you can copy the code from your browser and paste it into a module. This saves you the time that it takes to manually type the code.

To access the Microsoft Knowledge Base on the World Wide Web, visit the following Microsoft Web site:For additional information about how to use the Microsoft Knowledge Base, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
129725 Obtaining Knowledge Base Articles on the World Wide Web

Helpful Knowledge Base articles

Microsoft Office Access 2003

Microsoft Office Excel 2003

Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003

Microsoft Office Outlook 2003

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003

Microsoft Office Publisher 2003

Microsoft Office Word 2003

Other Web resources

The following Web sites are also of interest to programmers of Office 2003 programs:

Microsoft Office Developer Center

Microsoft Visual Basic

Microsoft Developer Network

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