Best Book/ Course for Excel Advanced


New Member
Aug 14, 2012
Office Version
  1. 365
Hi there,

I'm in between basic and intermediate level I think. I do know the popular formulas (IF, VLOOKUP etc in isolation) but want to really take it to the next level understanding nested formulas and multiple functions in a formula, index and using arrays etc. and jazz up my chart skills

What's the best way to have a structured learning to this please so I can use it on a day to day basis... I did look at the books from Mr Excel and was quite overwhelmed and not sure where to start!

Any help is much appreciated.


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Well-known Member
Apr 8, 2009

See if something, in the below link(s), of my most up to date list will help you:

Training / Books / Sites as of 4/10/2018

What Is VBA?

MrExcel's Products: Books, CDs, Podcasts Discuss topics related to Holy Macro! Products: Learn Excel from MrExcel, VBA and Macros for Microsoft Excel,Holy Macro! It's 2500 VBA Examples CD, Guerilla Data Analysis Using Microsoft Excel and Excel Knowledge Base CD and the MrExcel Podcasts.

There are over 1800 Excel videos/tutorials here:

Getting Started with VBA.

If you are serious about learning VBA try

Excel Tutorials and Tips - VBA - macros - training

Free Excel exercises

MrExcel's Excel Tutorial Listing

Online Courses

[VBA] Difference between OLEFormat and ControlFormat?
For references purposes and excellent explanations, see

Excel VBA MACRO Kick-start Course for absolute beginner

How to insert and run VBA code in Excel - tutorial for beginners

Free VBA Course

Excel 2007 VBA materials to learn here:

The macro recorder actually is your friend but look here:

Introduction to Variables, Constants and Data Types

Declaring Variables

Here's a good primer on the scope of variables.
Variable Scope in Excel VBA - EASY Excel Macros
Understanding Scope

Using Variables in Excel VBA Macro Code

See David McRitchie's site if you just started with VBA

What is a VBA Module and How is a VBA Module Used? Folder/what_is_a_vba_module.htm

Events And Event Procedures In VBA

Here is a good introductory tutorial using a VBA Class:

There's a chapter on classes in VBA Developer's Handbook which is also good.

Ron's Excel Tips

Ron de Bruin's Mail from Excel and make/mail PDF files (Windows)

How do I create and use a PERSONAL file for my VBA code

Anthony's Excel VBA Page - Excel Application - Excel Consultant - Excel Consulting (see 3 tutorials in Excel VBA Basic Tutorial Series)

BET: Microsoft Excel Visual Basic

Debugging VBA

Debug Excel VBA Macro Code

TechBookReport - Debugging Excel VBA Code

Here are some general links on performance improvement:
Optimize Slow VBA Code. Speed Up Efficient VBA Code/Macros
Excel VBA Performance Coding Best Practices - Office Blogs

Start at the beginning...

Creating An XLA Add-In For Excel, Writing User Defined Functions In VBA

Build an Excel Add-In

Creating custom functions

Writing Your First VBA Function in Excel

VBA for Excel (Macros)

Excel Macros Tutorial

Excel Macros & Programming

VBA Lesson 11: VBA Code General Tips and General Vocabulary

Excel VBA -- Adding Code to a Workbook

Beyond Excel's recorder

Helpful as a simple concise reference for the basics, and, using the macro recorder is endlessly powerful.

Learn to debug:

How To: Assign a Macro to a Button or Shape

User Form Creation

Build a UserForm for Excel

When To Use a UserForm & What to Use a UserForm For

UserForms in Excel VBA - UserForm Basics; Add Controls dynamically at run-time using the Add Method; UserForm Controls (A Snapshot)

VBA add UserForm on the fly

Excel VBA how to Personalise the Ribbon

Excel Tutorials / Video Tutorials - Functions

How to insert Buttons, radio buttons and check boxes in Excel

INDEX MATCH - Excel Index Function and Excel Match Function

Multi or two way vlook up and index match tutorial

Excel Data Validation

Excel -- Data Validation -- Create Dependent Lists

Your Quick Reference to Microsoft Excel Solutions

New! Excel Recorded Webinars

MS Excel: VBA Functions - Listed by Category
MS Excel: ALL Formulas/Functions - Listed by Category

Fuzzy Matching - new version plus explanation

Programming The VBA Editor - Created by Chip Pearson at Pearson Software Consulting LLC
This page describes how to write code that modifies or reads other VBA code.

VBA and Macros for Microsoft Excel, by Bill Jelen "Mr.Excel" and Tracy Syrstad

Excel Hacks 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools, by David & Traina Hawley

VBA and Macros for Microsoft Excel 2007, by Bill Jelen "Mr.Excel" and Tracy Syrstad

John Walkenbach's power programming with Excel books.

Excel 2010 Power Programming with VBA, Mr. Spreadsheet's Bookshelf

by Stephen/ Bovey, Rob/ Green, John Bullen (Paperback - Feb 11, 2005)
Professional Excel Development

by Rob Bovey, Stephen Bullen, John Green, and Robert Rosenberg (Paperback - Sep 26, 2001)
Excel 2002 VBA: Programmers Reference

Professional Excel Development by Rob Bovey, Dennis Wallentin, Stephen Bullen, & John Green

DonkeyOte: My Recommended Reading, Volatility

A list of Reference Books


Need to understand error handling

Excel file error message
How to diagnose Excel file corruption and repair workbooks

If a file cannot be repaired, consider recovering an earlier version from your file history


Array Dimensions in Visual Basic - Working with Dimensions (code and graphics)

Visual Basic Array Tutorial written by Adam Wehmann

Shortcut Keys in Excel 2000 through 2007

Pivot Intro
Office 2010 Class #36: Excel PivotTables Pivot Tables 15 examples (Data Analysis) - YouTube
Getting Started with Pivot Tables
Overview of PivotTable and PivotChart reports
Build a Pivot Table in Excel VBA

Excel 2013 PowerPivot Basics #01: Introduction To PowerPivot for Excel 2013 - YouTube

Conditional Formatting

Count cells based on Conditional Formatting color?

Email from XL - VBA

Outlook VBA
Exporting Email Body Text to excel (using outlook 2010) VBA
Exporting text from body of outlook email to excel
Quickly export Outlook e-mail items to Excel - TechRepublic

Mail a message to each person in a range

Excel VBA Dictionary – A Complete Guide

Excel Function Dictionary by Peter Noneley

Function Translations

Dynamic Named Ranges

Vba to create waterfall charts

How to create Excel Dashboards

To create my Dashboard I use this small ebook: Create a Dashboard using PivotTable - Roger F. Silva

Excel Dashboard / Scorecard Ebook

Free dashboard training materials

Excel Dashboard School

Mike Alexander from Data Pig Technologies


Round Robin Tournament Generator

Financial Model Template

Microsoft Excel Cascading Listboxes Tutorial

Date & Time stamping:

Get Formula / Formats thru custom functions:

A nice informative MS article "Improving Performance in Excel 2007"

Progress Meters

How to convert text to numbers in Excel

How to parse data from the web - Brett Fret has a video in YouTube

Excel VBA MAC shortcuts

Excel VLOOKUP Multiple Sheets • My Online Training Hub

Wise Owl Tutorials
Merging Data from Multiple Workbooks into a Summary Workbook in Excel
Merge data from all workbooks in a folder
Merging a Range from Selected Workbooks
Merging a Range from Multiple Workbooks by Column
Merging a Range from Multiple Workbooks in a Folder with a Filter

Filtering Horizontally, or both

You could do a Google search with “You Tube” and use the foollowing names, and/or, links:

Some other Threads where VBA learning was discussed:
Basics of Excel VBA and Code writting
Excel VBA

Sending mail from Excel with CDO

And, as your skills increase, try answering threads on sites like:

If you are willing to spend money for the training, then something here should work for you...

Advanced Excel Training - Online Excel Course

Learn VBA Fast, Vol. I: Excel function design course, with practice exercises (The VBA Function Design Course Book 1)

Excel VBA Programmer Interview - Excel Test for interview

Excel tests

Here is another Function translator that is extremely popular:
It will also translate Formulas as well

Here a couple of good blogs on the R1C1 Style Notation

Top ten ways to clean your data

Analytical reasoning test of Excel aptitude

RegEX question - Alpha only upper case only.
Regex Tutorial—From Regex 101 to Advanced Regex
Regular Expression Tutorial - Learn How to Use Regular Expressions

The VBA Guide To ListObject Excel Tables

Hiding Macros

Excel keyboard shortcuts
A nearly complete Microsoft list, from thisoldman:
This has some that aren't listed on the MS page:
And this one:
Microsoft changed some shortcuts between 2003 and 2007 versions and they continue to change them.
Menu shortcuts, get changed too.
If you have a newer version of Excel, type Alt+d and a message will pop up: "Continue typing the menu key sequence ..."
My favorite little known key sequences are the context menu shortcuts.
If you're on Windows with a keyboard that has a menu key, copy a range of cells, then select a destination.
Press the menu key (between Rt-Alt and Rt-Ctrl) then press V to paste values only, or R to paste formats only, or T to transpose+paste.


New Member
Aug 14, 2012
Office Version
  1. 365
very thorough! thank you very much hiker95


Well-known Member
Apr 8, 2009

Thanks for the feedback.

You are very welcome. Glad I could help.

And, come back anytime.

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