VBA File Extension

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Visual Basic VBA Module
  • Developer
    Microsoft Corporation
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    3.2 (4 votes)

What is VBA file?

VBA is a file extension commonly associated with Visual Basic VBA Module files. Microsoft Corporation defined the Visual Basic VBA Module format standard. VBA files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. Files with VBA extension are categorized as Misc Files files. The Misc Files subset comprises 4741 various file formats. Users are advised to use Microsoft Visual Basic software for managing VBA files, although 1 other programs can also handle this type of file. Software named Microsoft Visual Basic was created by Microsoft Corporation. In order to find more detailed information on the software and VBA files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support VBA file extension

Programs that can handle VBA files are as follows. VBA files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support VBA file

How to open file with VBA extension?

Problems with accessing VBA may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with VBA extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Download and install Microsoft Visual Basic

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports VBA files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select Microsoft Visual Basic or one of the recommended programs (for example, Microsoft Visual Studio) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support VBA files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Microsoft Visual Basic website and download the installer.

Step 2. Check the version of Microsoft Visual Basic and update if needed

If you already have Microsoft Visual Basic installed on your systems and VBA files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why VBA files are not compatible with Microsoft Visual Basic. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Microsoft Visual Basic.

Step 3. Associate Visual Basic VBA Module files with Microsoft Visual Basic

If you have the latest version of Microsoft Visual Basic installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage VBA on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the VBA with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Microsoft Visual Basic installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open VBA files box and clicking OK button.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with VBA extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select Microsoft Visual Basic and click Change for all...
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with VBA extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Ensure that the VBA file is complete and free of errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the VBA file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. Check the VBA file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the VBA file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. VBA file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Verify that the VBA file’s structure is intact

If the VBA file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the VBA file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Microsoft Visual Basic

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with VBA extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Visual Basic VBA Module files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the VBA files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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