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ISTC Communicator Magazine Articles

I have been a paid-up member of the ISTC (Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators) for a few years now, so I’m allowed to display this banner 🙂

Back in 2015, I was asked by the features editor (Katherine Judge) of the Communicator (ISTC’s magazine, issued quarterly to all ISTC members) if I’d like to contribute some articles on the basic steps to coding in Visual Basic for Applications. The series has grown and grown since then.

The articles start out using the standard ISTC template and then (happily) go through the wringer via Katherine, who has the hard job of making my work look so much better with her edits.

The table below shows all of the articles that I’ve written for the magazine – so far. All are stored as standard PDF files as supplied by the magazine and include the relevant issue’s front cover.

My ISTC Articles

ArticleWhat's covered
1A simple introduction to macro recording and the first steps towards VBA coding.Website DownloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
2The use of variables, their types and uses within VBA.Website DownloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
3Basic condition testing using IF .. THEN .. ELSE and SELECT .. CASE.

It shows how to code the appropriate reaction to the value of a variable: user-defined or Word's internal variables.
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4The various forms of loops available in VBA (Part 1).

The fourth article covers just FOR .. NEXT loops.
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5The various forms of loops available in VBA (Part 2).

This covered the other types of VBA loop.
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6Creation of simple functions and subroutines.Website DownloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
7The ways in which VBA can make changes to your document's content.Website DownloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
8Code optimisation techniquesWebsite DownloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
9Word's Quick Access ToolbarWebsite DownloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download
10Creating user forms (Part 1)Website DownloadDropbox downloadGoogleDrive download

Note: If you have a Dropbox or GoogleDrive account, then use the appropriate links above to copy / sync the articles with your appropriate cloud account. Or just use the normal website download links.