How To Test if Your CorelDRAW Includes VBA

August 25, 2014

CorelDRAW CalendarIf you have looked into most any macro for CorelDRAW, you’ll probably see a note somewhere about how that macro requires VBA. I was working with a client on a Hire The Geek session and I was asked how to test and find out if VBA was installed.

While there are probably some boring technical ways to find out, the easiest is typically to run one of the macros included with CorelDRAW. I should say it is included (and functional) if you have VBA installed.

That macro is the Calendar Wizard and I have a free tutorial at The Easy Way to Create Calendars in CorelDRAW showing you how easy it is to use. The calendar you see at right was created in only a couple of minutes!

For those who want even more power, there is a commercial version available. Many users are served just fine by the free version that has been included with CorelDRAW for quite a few versions now.

There is one minor difference in the instructions. Older versions of CorelDRAW required you to select Tools | Options | Play to bring up the dialog for launching macros. Newer versions changed the command to Tools | Macro | Run Macro. If those commands aren’t showing up in your menus then most likely you have a version without VBA. That can include Academic versions, OEM version and other versions offered by Corel at a significant discount. Once you discover the power of macros, you’ll undoubtedly look for even more macros to increase your productivity!

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