If you are coming from a Microsoft Excel background you have probably heard of Visual Basic for Applications, VBA. One of the most common questions for Excel users is does Google Sheets have VBA or another way to script macros and functions. While Visual Basic for Applications reached its end of life way back in 2008, many legacy applications and spreadsheets still employ VBA to this day as the glue that holds integrations and user interfaces together.
Can Google Sheets Use VBA?
What is VBA in Excel used for?
Visual Basic for Applications or VBA is used by developers to extend the functionality and user interfaces of Excel and other legacy Microsoft Office Suite Applications. If you were looking to automate repetitive tasks, VBA is what you would use. If you want to make a custom formula to be used for data analysis, VBA is what you would use. If you needed to build a custom interface that feeds into your Excel workbook, VBA is what you would use.
What is the Equivalent of VBA for Google Sheets?
What Programming Language Does Google Sheets Use?
Why Doesn’t Google Sheets Use VBA?
What Happens if I Import an Excel Spreadsheet with VBA in it?
If you import an Excel Spreadsheet with VBA the VBA will NOT be imported as App Script, it will be dropped entirely. Google Sheets does support conversions of Excel and Open Office Documents into the Google Sheets format. The feature parity for built in functions and core sheet features is very close. One area that is NOT supported is the importing of custom code. This means any VBA written to extend a legacy Excel Spreadsheet will NOT be imported and converted into Google Sheets.