Office Scripts is now generally available in Excel for the web
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We are happy to announce that Office Scripts in Excel for the web is now generally available for all eligible users!
What is Office Scripts?
Office Scripts is an automation feature-set in Excel for the web that allows users with all levels of programming experience to automate their repetitive workflows.
“Office Scripts not only enabled the workbook to be located in the cloud, it also replaced all the pre-existing manual updating and maintenance process. It became 100% fully autonomous!” - Leslie Black, Developer, Analysis Cloud Limited.
To get started, use the Action Recorder to record the actions you take in Excel. These actions are then translated into a script that you can run at any time. No programming experience required! Need to modify your scripts? Use the Code Editor! It’s a TypeScript-based editor directly within Excel for the web. Use it to edit your existing scripts or to create new ones using the Office Scripts API.
Want to run a script on a schedule? Use Power Automate and create a Flow to schedule your Office Script to run at a certain time. Or maybe you want to trigger a script to run based on the creation of a new file in a SharePoint site? Power Automate also allows you to trigger scripts based on events from other applications and services to create cross-application workflows.
“Since creating the solution and publicizing it internally, I have been asked and have implemented it for another two areas in our Intranet, so they also have an automated process. In total, it saves us around six hours effort per month and consequently we have many colleagues (IT and non-IT) starting to use Office Script to help make their work lives easier.” - Gareth Naylor, Group Wide Architect/Strategist, Uniper
What licenses include Office Scripts?
Office Scripts is currently available for all users that have a commercial or EDU license that gives access to the Microsoft 365 office desktop apps (e.g., Office 365 E3 and E5 licenses). If you have an eligible license, you’ll find the Office Scripts feature-set in the Automate tab in the ribbon. Please note that if you do not have the Automate tab in Excel for the web, your admin may have disabled the feature.
Get started scripting with our numerous sample scripts based on real-world scenarios. These samples cover a wide variety of automated solutions from the fundamentals of the Office Scripts API to how to create cross-workbook and cross-application automated workflows with Power Automate.
You can also learn more about Office Scripts from these resources:
Learn from the Office Scripts community:
- How to use Office Scripts in Excel and Power Automate – Kevin Stratvert
- How to automate your work with an Office Scripts bot – Paul Kelly
- Do you need to switch from Excel VBA macros to Office Scripts? - Leila Gharani
- We welcome you to attend our Office Scripts + Power Automate AMA (Ask Microsoft Anything) on the Excel subreddit on June 10, 11 am - 12 pm PT.
Please reach out to us as you try out the Office Scripts feature! Your input is critical to make Office Scripts better.
- Ask questions on Microsoft Q&A under the ‘office-scripts-dev’ tag if you get stuck or have questions about how to automate a workflow.
- Have feedback on Office Scripts? Send us a smile or a frown. You can also send us feedback by selecting the Send Feedback button located in the overflow menu of the Code Editor.