Excel 2016 For Mac Vba

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  1. Name Description; Application.AddEngagement method (Project) Adds a Resource Plan view, enabling users to display and edit engagement data to Project when connected to Project Online. Introduced in Office 2016. Application.EngagementInfo method (Project) Displays the engagement information dialog box user interface for the Resource Plan view. Introduced in Office 2016.
  2. Join Dennis Taylor for an in-depth discussion in this video, Watching VBA code being created, part of Excel for Mac 2016: Macros.

I am currently using the following VBA code in Excel for MAC 2016: Sub MailWorkSheet Dim SourceWb As Workbook, DestWb As Workbook, sh As Worksheet Dim strbody As String, TempFileName As String If Val(Application.Version). Welcome to Excel VBA - An Introduction for the Mac. This course delves into the Visual Basic which allows you to automate Microsoft Excel (and other MS Office products). Microsoft Excel is an extremely powerful tool – and yet most people only scratch the surface of what it can do.

Problems with Apple’s sandbox requirements in Mac Office 2016 and higher with VBA code

In Windows Excel 97-and higher and in Mac Excel 2011 you can open files or save files where you want in almost every folder on your system without warnings or requests for permission. But in Mac Office 2016 and higher Microsoft have to deal with Apple’s sandbox requirements. When you use VBA in Mac Excel 2016 or higher that Save or Open files you will notice that it is possible that it will ask you permission to access the file or folder (Grant File Access Prompt), this is because of Apple’s sandbox requirements.This means that when you want to save/open files or check if it exists with VBA code the first time you will be prompted to allow access on the first attempt to access such a folder or file.

How to avoid problems

There are a few places on your Mac that you can use to avoid the prompts and let your code do what it needs to do without user interaction. But these folders are not in a place that a user can easily find so below are some steps that I hope to make it easier for you to access the folder manual if you want.

This is the Root folder on my machine that we use in the examples on this page:
/Users/rondebruin/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office
Note: rondebruin is the user name in this path and I agree that the naming of the folder for Office(UBF8T346G9.Office) is not so nice, but Microsoft must use that of Apple.

The folder above you can use to share data between Office programs or with a third party application, so this location will always work if you want to have read and write access. If you want to have a location only for Excel for example use this path : /Users/rondebruin/Library/Containers/com.microsoft.Excel/Data
I not use this location on this example page to be sure that every Office program can access my files if this is needed. To get this Excel path you can also use Environ('HOME') or Excel 2016 for mac downloadEnviron('CFFIXED_USER_HOME')

Manual create a folder for your Excel files in the Office folder

  1. Open a Finder Window
  2. Hold the Alt key when you press on Go in the Finder menu bar
  3. Click on Library
  4. Open the Group Containers folder
  5. Open the UBF8T346G9.Office folder
  6. Create a Folder inside this folder named MyExcelFolder for example
  7. Select this folder

This are three ways to easily open the folder manual :

  • Add it to your Favorites in Finder by dragging it to it.
  • Add it to your Favorites in Finder with the shortcut : cmd Ctrl T
  • Drag the folder to the Desktop with the CMD and Alt key down. You now have a link(alias) to the folder on your desktop so it is easy to find it and open it in the future.

Note : Adding the folder to your Favorites is my favorite because you see the folder in your open and save dialogs in Excel.

Or use this script one time to create a folder for your Office files and create shortcuts to a few important folders, check out this page : Setup your Mac for Mac Office 2016 or higher

How to create a Folder in the Office folder with VBA code

Below you find a macro and a function that you can use to create a folder if it not exists in the Root folder named : UBF8T346G9.Office

In the macro you see one line that call the function and the argument is the name of the folder that you want to create if it not exists. Change 'MyProject' to something else to create another folder.

How do I open files with VBA code in my folder ?

Below you find a macro and a function that you can use to open a file in one of the sub folders of the UBF8T346G9.Office folder. In the macro you see one line that call the function and there are two arguments :

  1. Name of the sub folder
  2. Name of the file

Note : You can also add code in the macro to test if the file is already open, I use that also in the code example in this section : Browse to a file or files in a sub folder of the Office folder.

How do I Save a file with VBA code in my folder ?

The first macro create a file of only the activesheet and save it in a folder named: ProjectName and the second macro save a copy of the file in a folder named Backup. Both are sub folders of your UBF8T346G9.Office folder. Be sure you update your Mac Office install so it is 16.9 or higher.

Vba codes for excel 2016

Note : Both macros use the custum function CreateFolderinMacOffice that you find in the first section of this page.

Browse to a file or files in a sub folder of the Office folder

In the example below it opens a browse dialog with a folder folder named : MyExcelFolder from your UBF8T346G9.Office folderand you are only able to select xlsx files. Below the macro you find a list of format names and you can read how you can change it. Note: Do not forget to copy the bIsBookOpen function in your module, you find it below the macro.

Other file formats :

In the macro you see this code line that say which file format you can select (xlsx).

FileFormat = '{'org.openxmlformats.spreadsheetml.sheet'}'

If you want more then one format you can use this to be able to also select xls files.

FileFormat = '{'org.openxmlformats.spreadsheetml.sheet','com.microsoft.Excel.xls'}'

This is a list of a few formats that you can use :

xls : com.microsoft.Excel.xls

xlsx : org.openxmlformats.spreadsheetml.sheet

xlsm : org.openxmlformats.spreadsheetml.sheet.macroenabled

xlsb : com.microsoft.Excel.sheet.binary.macroenabled

csv : public.comma-separated-values-text

doc : com.microsoft.word.doc

docx : org.openxmlformats.wordprocessingml.document

docm : org.openxmlformats.wordprocessingml.document.macroenabled

ppt : com.microsoft.powerpoint.ppt

pptx : org.openxmlformats.presentationml.presentation

pptm : org.openxmlformats.presentationml.presentation.macroenabled

txt : public.plain-text

More information

See this page for more information about selecting files in Excel 2011 and Excel 2016 and higher

See this page for more information about the file format numbers

FileFormat numbers in Mac Excel


Congratulations, you have completed the Excel 2016 tutorial that explains the VBA environment in Microsoft Excel 2016.

Tutorial Summary

Excel 2016 is a version of Excel developed by Microsoft that runs on the Windows platform.

In this Excel 2016 tutorial, we covered the following:

  • What is VBA?
  • How to open the VBA environment
  • Project Explorer
  • Properties Window
  • Code Window
  • Immediate Window
  • Watch Window

Each version of Excel can 'look and feel' completely different from another. As such, we recommend that you try one of our other Excel tutorials to become familiar with the Excel version that you will be using.

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