Advanced Excel Formulas and VBA User-Defined Functions


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This Advanced Excel Formulas online training course will show you how to create, comprehend and maintain complex Excel formulas; those which use multiple Excel functions in combination.

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The ability to write, understand and maintain complex formulas is the key to mastering Excel. Complex formulas make use of multiple functions to achieve a specific operation; and it is the need to nest one function inside another that can sometimes make Excel formulas seem so impenetrable.

A key feature of the course is the use of explanatory diagrams. The course features dozens of diagrams saved in PDF format. You will have access to all of these diagrams. You can study them at your leisure. You can print them out; make notes on them; whatever you find useful.

Another key feature of the course is that we write our formulas on multiple lines and make strategic use of indentation. This makes it easier to read complex formulas, since it helps to make it clear when one function is nested inside another.

We’ll also encounter examples of using formulas to build formulas; mega formulas, sometimes dozens of lines long, which would be very hard to write manually.

We begin the course by looking at conditional functions, since these are the most versatile of Excel’s functions.

Then we’ll move on to look at building formulas for manipulating text; for manipulating numbers; formulas for performing complex lookup operations. And we’ll also discuss the use of array formulas; as well as formulas for importing XML-based information into Excel, both from the web and from local XML documents.

And finally, we’ll move on to look at the creation of custom, user-defined functions using VBA. These functions can be included in any workbook and can greatly enhance your Excel solutions.

Many courses which teach Excel user-defined functions will waste your time by showing you how to create VBA functions which replicate functionality which could be created by regular Excel formulas. Not on our Advanced Excel Formulas online training course!

We’ll focus on writing VBA functions which provide results that simply can’t be produced using Excel’s own built-in functions: for example displaying the user’s Windows login name, or the names of all the worksheet tabs; or displaying information from the folder in which a workbook is saved.

So, if you’re looking for a challenging course which will provide you with strategies for creating powerful and complex Excel formulas, then this course is exactly the course you need: “Complex Excel Formulas and VBA user-defined functions”.


1. Welcome

1. Welcome to Complex Excel Formulas and VBA User Defined Functions
2. Download the course files here

2. Getting Started

1. How this course works
2. Writing complex Excel formulas

3. Logical Functions

1. IF statements
2. Nested IF statements
3. The IFS function
4. Using VLOOKUP instead of IF
5. The SWITCH function

4. Manipulating Text

1. Combining LEFT, SEARCH and VLOOKUP
2. combining Mid, Search And If
3. combining Right, Len And Search
4. creating A Sentence Case Formula
5. combining Len And Substitute
6. brute Force Substitution
7. creating A Title Case Formula
8. conditional Concatenation
9. starts With A Number

5. Lookup and Reference

1. Nesting VLOOKUP functions
2. VLOOKUP multiple criteria – Basic
3. Using MATCH & INDEX
4. Advanced MATCH & INDEX
5. Optimizing Lookup Operations Part 1
5. Optimizing Lookup Operations Part 2
6. OFFSET Function
7. Using the INDIRECT function
8. VLOOKUP multiple criteria – Advanced

6. Manipulating Numbers

1. Controlling rounding sensitivity
3. Using wildcards with SUMIFS, AVERAGEIFS, MINIFS and MAXIFS
4. Using the SUBTOTAL function
5. The RANK function variations
6. Using LARGE, SMALL and COUNTA Part 1
6. Using LARGE, SMALL and COUNTA Part 2
6. Using LARGE, SMALL and COUNTA Part 3

7. Array Formulas

1. Array formula basics
2. Using conditionals in array formulas
3. Using concatenation in array formulas
4. Array formulas and data tables
5. The TRANSPOSE function

8. Web Formulas

1. Using the WEBSERVICE function
2. XPath overview
4. Using FILTERXML with local XML files
5. Using XPath predicates
6. The new CONCAT function
7. Descendant-or-self axis

9. Getting Started with VBA User-Defined Functions

1. Making the Developer tab visible
2. The Visual Basic Editor
3. Writing a UDF in a macro-enabled workbook
4. Using trusted locations
5. Writing a UDF in the Personal Workbook

10. Key VBA Concepts and Syntax

1. VBA syntax
2. Excel object model
3. VBA object model
4. Displaying the user name
5. Displaying workbook properties
6. Displaying worksheet properties

11. Using Conditionals and Looping

1. Using IF statements
2. Using Select Case statements
3. VLOOKUP pro rata function

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