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Is all code written VBA considered to be a macro?  if not, then what should it properly be called?

And what about VB Script?   Where does that fit in?  The Wikipedia essay is a tad puzzling and doesn't clarify.
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Not all code is a macro, there are two types of code: 1) function - returns a value. 2) subroutine or macro - a chunk of code that does some processing.

VbScript is a scripting language which is similar to other VB flavors, but unlike VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) which runs in a host program, such as any MS Office application, VBS is a stand-alone language which you write in a simple text file and just give it the .vbs extension.
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I guess it depends a bit on who is answering.
Some prefer that Macros are generally the recorded steps that are turned into code by a macro recorder, while VBA is written code that can use functions and variables and perform things with an app that can't be done with the user interface.  Good explanation is comment #4 from Weaver here...
http://www.mrexcel.com/forum/excel-questions/602460-difference-between-macro-code-visual-basic-applications-code.html

VB Script is described as a subset of VBA as in this article.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms970436.aspx
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A macro is a collection of commands that you can apply with a single click. They can automate almost anything you can do in the program you’re using and even enable you to do things you might not have known were possible. Macros are programming, but you do not need to be a developer or even have programming knowledge to use them. Most macros you can create in the Office programs are written in a language called Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications, usually referred to as VBA. VBA macros are the type addressed in this article. Not all Vb codes are macro.

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