How to Find Your VBA Location Quickly in 3 Minutes (Excel)

Written by Kasper Langmann

Finding the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) location in Excel can be a daunting task, especially for beginners. However, with the right guidance, you can locate it quickly and easily. This tutorial will guide you through the process in just three minutes. Let’s dive in!

Understanding VBA in Excel

Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is a programming language developed by Microsoft. It is primarily used for automating tasks in Microsoft Office applications. In Excel, VBA allows you to automate repetitive tasks, create user-defined functions, and build user-friendly applications.

Before you can use VBA in Excel, you need to know where to find it. The VBA environment is not immediately visible when you open Excel. It’s hidden away in the Developer tab, which is not displayed by default in Excel. But don’t worry, we’ll show you how to unhide it.

Unhiding the Developer Tab

The first step to finding your VBA location is to unhide the Developer tab. This is where all the VBA and macro-related features of Excel are located.

To unhide the Developer tab, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click anywhere on the Ribbon and select ‘Customize the Ribbon’.
  2. In the Excel Options dialog box that opens, you will see a list of tabs on the right. Check the box for ‘Developer’ and click ‘OK’.

The Developer tab should now be visible in the Ribbon. This is your gateway to the VBA environment in Excel.

Accessing the VBA Environment

Once the Developer tab is visible, you can access the VBA environment. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the Developer tab in the Ribbon.
  2. Click on ‘Visual Basic’ in the Code group. This will open the VBA environment.

You are now in the VBA environment. This is where you can write and run VBA code in Excel.

Understanding the VBA Environment

The VBA environment, also known as the VBA editor, is where you write and run your VBA code. It consists of several components:

  • The Project Explorer: This shows all the workbooks currently open in Excel and their components (worksheets, modules, etc.).
  • The Properties Window: This shows the properties of the selected object in the Project Explorer.
  • The Code Window: This is where you write your VBA code.

Understanding these components is crucial for working effectively with VBA in Excel.

Working with VBA in Excel

Now that you know where to find VBA in Excel and understand the VBA environment, you can start working with VBA. Here are some basic tasks you can perform:

  • Writing VBA code: To write VBA code, select a module in the Project Explorer and start typing in the Code Window.
  • Running VBA code: To run VBA code, press F5 or select ‘Run’ from the Run menu.
  • Debugging VBA code: To debug VBA code, use the debugging tools in the Debug menu.

With these skills, you can start automating tasks in Excel and increase your productivity.


Finding the VBA location in Excel is not as difficult as it seems. Once you know how to unhide the Developer tab and access the VBA environment, you can start automating tasks and building applications in Excel. Remember, practice makes perfect. So, start writing some VBA code and see what you can accomplish!