Excel VBA or Excel Macros? - Is there a difference?

I hear people talking about Excel macros and Excel VBA.  Are the terms interchangeable?   Excel Macros are written in Excel VBA.   So are all procedures macros?
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ProfessorJimJamMicrosoft Excel ExpertCommented:
They're basically the same thing: VBA is the language you use to program macros and functions. The difference would be VBA code can contain both functions and macros where as a macro code is only the macro part of the code.
A 'macro' is usually vb written for use in Excel  and sometimes will have been created using a macro recorder, where your actions are interpreted and turned into code.

Recorded Macros - When a macro is recorded you will often create a substantial amount of code that is completely unnecessary (ie. scroll downs).  This is often the most simplest method to create automation.  
VBA scripts - Using effective VBA scripts allows you to eliminate unnecessary steps which improves your speed.  This becomes a very important factor as you add more steps, apply to growing data sets, or when multiple functions are involved.  Remember, your computer has to walk through each step in your script so keeping it short is key

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Rory ArchibaldCommented:
Typically, people are referring to the same thing, but there is still the old XLM macro language which is different from VBA.
brothertruffle880Author Commented:
Great explanation.  Thanks!
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