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How to Create an Add-In in Excel for the IDAutomationVBA Font Encoder?

It can be a pain importing the VBA each time for every project. Is there is a way to create the VBA as an Add-In so that you have access to the VBA functions without having
import the file each time?

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Application: Excel

05-27-14     1295 day(s) ago     Views: 2715

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The steps explain how to make the VBA an Add-In so that it can be used for any spreadsheet without importing it for every spreadsheet.

The example uses Excel 2013.

To create barcodes using a font, two components are required:
(1) Barcode Font
(2) Font Encoder

A font encoder is a component that takes the data that will be converted to a barcode and formats it into another form of data that the barcode font can understand. The IDAutomation VBA Macros is a free font encoder that encodes data for Excel and Access.

The tutorial assumes that IDAutomation Barcode Fonts (Demo or Sale) are downloaded and installed.

IMPORT VBA AND CREATE ADD-IN IN EXCEL

1. Download the BarcodeFunctions.zip font encoder to the desired location on your computer. If unsure of where the download is located, run a search on the computer for the name BarcodeFunctions.


2. To extract BarcodeFunctions.zip, right-click on the file and select Extract All.
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3. To identify the location of the IDAutomationVBA.bas file that will be imported into Excel's Visual Basic Editor, navigate through the extracted BarcodeFunctions folder. Remember the location of the file.
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4. Open Excel, select the Developer Tab.
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5. Select Visual Basic.
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6. To import the VBA, select File--Import File and select VBA file.
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7. The VBA is placed in the Modules folder.
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NOTE: Only import one instance of the IDAutomationVBA. If multiple IDAutomationVBA files (with the same file name) are in the modules folder, an "ambiguous name error" with #NAME will occur.


8. Select File--Close and Return to Microsoft Excel


9. Select File--Options--Trust Center.


10. Select Trust Center Settings.


11. Select File Block Settings.
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12. Remove the checkmark for the Excel 2007 and later Add-In Files. It will remove the Open and Save check marks.

13. Select OK.


14. In the Excel Options window, select OK.


15. Select File--Save As and choose the name for the Add-In such as IDAutomationBarcode and for the Save as type, choose .xlam. It should store the file in path similar to image



ENABLE ADD-IN IN EXCEL
The VBA Add-In will be available for every spreadsheet.

1. Open a new instance of Excel.
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2. Select the Developer Tab.
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3. Select Add-Ins.
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4. Choose the created Add-In and select OK.
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5. Continue tutorial after Step 8.

VIDEO: How to Create an Add-In in Excel for the IDAutomationVBA Font Encoder





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