Office Scripts in Excel
Office Scripts in Excel let you automate your day-to-day tasks. Use the Action Recorder to turn manual steps into reusable scripts. Edit those scripts or create new ones with the Code Editor. Let others in the workbook run these scripts with a single button. Then, share them with coworkers so everyone can improve their workflow.
This series of documents teaches you how to use these tools. You'll find a wealth of samples covering different Excel scenarios. Use the tutorials to introduce yourself to the Action Recorder and Code Editor. These provide step-by-step guidance on how to record your frequent Excel actions, edit those scripts, and create new scripts from scratch.
To use Office Scripts, you'll need the following.
- Excel for Windows (version 2210 or higher), Excel for Mac, or Excel on the web.
- OneDrive for Business.
- Any commercial or educational Microsoft 365 license with access to the Microsoft 365 Office desktop apps, such as:
- Office 365 Business
- Office 365 Business Premium
- Office 365 ProPlus
- Office 365 ProPlus for Devices
- Office 365 Enterprise E3
- Office 365 Enterprise E5
- Office 365 A3
- Office 365 A5
- Internet connectivity with connected experiences enabled.
If you meet these requirements and are still not seeing the Automate tab, it's possible that your admin has disabled the feature or there's some other problem with your environment. Please follow the steps under Automate tab not appearing or Office Scripts unavailable to start using Office Scripts.
When to use Office Scripts
Scripts allow you to record and replay your Excel actions on different workbooks and worksheets. If you find yourself doing the same things over and over again, you can turn all that work into an easy-to-run Office Script. Run your script with a button in Excel or combine it with Power Automate to streamline your entire workflow.
As an example, imagine at the start of each work day you open a .csv file from an accounting site in Excel. You then spend several minutes deleting unnecessary columns, formatting a table, adding formulas, and creating a PivotTable in a new worksheet. Those actions you repeat daily can be recorded once with the Action Recorder. From then on, running the script will take care of your entire .csv conversion. You'll not only remove the risk of forgetting steps, but be able to share your process with others without having to teach them anything. Office Scripts allows you to automate your common tasks so you and your workplace can be more efficient and productive.
Action Recorder (web-only)
The Action Recorder records actions you take in Excel and saves them as a script. With the Action recorder running, you can capture the Excel actions as you edit cells, change formatting, and create tables. The resulting script can be run on other worksheets and workbooks to recreate your original actions.
More information about the Action Recorder can be found in the article Record your actions as Office Script.
Use the Code Editor to edit scripts recorded with the Action Recorder or make a brand new script. This tool lets you tweak and customize scripts to better suit your exact needs. You can also add logic and functionality that is not directly accessible through the Excel UI, such as conditional statements (if/else) and loops.
The Action Recorder has a Copy as code button to record actions into script code without saving the entire script.
Our tutorials provide a guided and structured way learn the capabilities of Office Scripts. After completing the tutorials, read Fundamentals for Office Scripts in Excel to learn more about the Code Editor and how to write and edit your own scripts. For additional information about the Code Editor and how your script code is interpreted, read Office Scripts Code Editor environment.
Share Office Scripts
Office Scripts can be shared with other users of an Excel workbook. When you share a script in a shared workbook, everyone with access to the workbook can also view and run your script. For more details about sharing and unsharing scripts, see Sharing Office Scripts in Excel.
Add buttons that run scripts to help your colleagues discover your valuable solutions and let them run scripts straight from the workbook. Learn more about script buttons in Run Office Scripts with buttons.
Learn more about how scripts are stored in your OneDrive in Office Scripts file storage and ownership.
Connect Office Scripts to Power Automate
Power Automate is a service that helps you create automated workflows between multiple apps and services. Office Scripts can be used in these workflows, giving you control of your scripts outside of the workbook. You can run your scripts on a schedule, trigger them in response to emails, and much more. Visit the Run Office Scripts with Power Automate tutorial to learn the basics of connecting these automation services.
Complete the Office Scripts in Excel tutorial to learn how to create your first script.
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