Microsoft Excel Developer Tab Mac


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Last updated: October 2019

Applicable to: Office 365, 2019, 2016, 2013; Windows 7, 8 & 10 and mac OS operating systems.

How To Add The Developer Tab To The Ribbon In Excel. Written by co-founder Kasper Langmann, Microsoft Office Specialist. If you’re a power user of Excel, the Developer tab is a great addition to the Ribbon. It lets you access useful features that are otherwise hidden away. Excel for insightful spreadsheets – anytime, anywhere and with anyone. A modern take on Excel with new built-in tools help you get more out of your data. Create your best work with Office 365. Open the Excel or Word app on your iPad. If the Excel or Word app is already running, choose the Home button, and then close and restart the app. Open a document. Choose Add-ins on the Insert tab. Your sideloaded add-in is available to insert under the Developer heading in the Add-ins UI. Sideload an add-in in Office on Mac.

Here’s a question we got from a reader:

I am trying to figure out macro development from going through some simple examples written in VBA. I figured out that some of the examples point out to the developer menu in Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook. For some reason, i don’t see that menu item in the Ribbon. Am i missing out something? Is there any specific setting or configuration to make the Developer tab visible?

Thanks for the good question.

As we explained in the past, the simplest way to automate tasks in Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Visio, Access and Outlook) is using Macros. Excel, Word and Visio ship a built-in Macro recorder that allows you to capture a specific sequence of actions and re-use them later on.

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Recording macros might be good for starters, but most probably you will be using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to write your own custom Macros.

On top of that, popular applications like Outlook and PowerPoint do not offer the macro recorder so you’ll need VBA chops if you want to automate a presentation or a mail message.

Adding the Developer menu to the Ribbon

The best way to access the VBA developer environment, is the so-called Developer tab. The tab is turned off by default in Microsoft Office, but you can learn how to set it up in a breeze.

Follow along as we setup the macro VBA development in Excel, Word, Outlook and other Office apps:

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  1. First off, open your Office application. In this walk through i have focused on Excel, but the process for the other apps is quite similar.
  2. Place your mouse on the Ribbon and hit your mouse right click menu.
  3. Then go ahead and hit Customize the Ribbon.

  1. Next, go ahead and check the Developer entry in the right hand side column, as shown below.
  2. You might at this point choose to show or hide the different sections of the Developer tab (Code, Addins, XML etc’). Leave those checked (visible) if you are a relatively newcomer into Macro development.
  1. Once done hit OK.
  2. Your development environment is pretty much ready. Time to get started with your coding 🙂

Showing the Developer tab in MAC OSX

Microsoft Office for MAC OSX has ships tools for Macro recording and development.

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Microsoft Excel Developer Kit

If you are on MAC and would like to go ahead and access your development environment, proceed as following:

  1. Open the relevant Microsoft Office application, be it Word, PowerPoint or Excel.
  2. In the upper command bar, hit Tools
  3. Then go ahead and select Macros
  4. Now you’ll have couple options:
    1. Hit Macros… in order to access your presentation/workbook or document macros.
    2. Hit Development, to access the VBA editor

Microsoft Excel Developer Job

Note: Currently (Office 365), Outlook for macOS still doesn’t support Macro development.