Master VBScript in Under an Hour: A Beginner’s Guide

Getting Started with VBScript

The first thing you need to do to start coding with VBScript is to set up your development environment. You will need a text editor, such as Notepad, and a web browser to run the scripts.

Data Types

VBScript has a variety of data types, including:

  • String: a sequence of characters
  • Integer: a whole number
  • Double: a number with a decimal point
  • Boolean: a value that can be either true or false
  • Object: a reference to an object


A variable is a named storage location in a computer’s memory that can hold a value. In VBScript, variables are declared using the Dim keyword. For example:

Dim name


Operators are used to perform operations on variables and values. VBScript has a variety of operators, including:

  • Arithmetic operators: +, -, *, /, ^ (exponentiation)
  • Comparison operators: =, <>, <, >, <=, >=
  • Logical operators: And, Or, Not

Control Structures

Control structures are used to control the flow of a script. VBScript has the following control structures:

  • If…Then…Else
  • Select Case
  • Do…Loop
  • For…Next
  • While…Wend


Functions are used to group a set of statements together to perform a specific task. VBScript has a variety of built-in functions, such as:

  • Len(string) – Returns the length of a string
  • Left(string, n) – Returns the leftmost n characters of a string
  • Right(string, n) – Returns the rightmost n characters of a string
  • Mid(string, start, length) – Returns a specific substring of a string

Code Samples

Here are some code samples to help you understand the concepts better:

  • Displaying a message box

msgbox “Hello, World!”

  • Using variables

Dim name name = “John Doe” msgbox “Hello, ” & name & “!”

  • Using operators

Dim x, y x = 5 y = 10 msgbox x + y

  • Using control structures

Dim x x = 5 If x > 0 Then msgbox “x is positive” Else msgbox “x is not positive” End If

  • Using functions

Dim str str = “Hello, World!” msgbox Len(str)


By following this guide, you should now have a good understanding of the basics of VBScript programming. Remember to practice and experiment with the concepts to solidify your understanding. Happy coding!