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Advanced Excel VBA Programming tutorial are for advanced users who are comfortable with the Basics and VBA programming concepts. In this section you will learn how to develop the Forms and interact with the other applications, handling the files and other advanced VBA programming concepts. By end of this sessions you will be comfortable with VBA and be confident to develop the tools to automate complex tasks. And will be able to create complex dashboards.
Advanced Excel VBA Programming Tutorials and Examples

Advanced Excel VBA Programming helps you to develop the user freindly applications. Learn Advanced VBA Programming by following our easy to follow step by step learning path. Start learning…

Advanced Excel VBA Programming -Learning Outcomes: Why Should I Learn Advanced VBA?

The quick answer is – To do almost everything!. Yes, the advanced VBA programming concepts help you to deal with many things. We are going to cover all advanced concepts to do the different thing using VBA. You will learn many things other than automating the regular tasks.

  • Scope of the Variables helps you to deal with lifetime of the variables: When we are working with variables, it is important to understand the Scope of a Variable. The Scope describes the the accessibility or life time or visibility of a variable. You will learn what are Procedure-Level Scope, Module-Level Scope, Project-Level Scope and Global-Level Scope with examples.
  • Passing Arguments helps to call the same sub routine or function many times in you project: We write the procedures to perform certain tasks and some times we may required to write another procedure with small variations. In this situation we can take advantage of the Passing Arguments. You will see how to do it and what are what are By Value (ByVal) and By Reference (ByRef) Passing Arguments?
  • Understanding Collections helps to quickly access all items with the same characteristics or from same collection: Collection is an object contains group of objects having similar characteristics (with same properties and methods). For example,if you want to loop through all charts in a worksheet, you can refer ChartObjects collection of the worksheet and do whatever you want to do with that particular chart.
  • Arrays helps to deal with large amount of data, store different types of data in one variable: When we work with one item we required to use one variable, if you want work with more than one item, we can go for arrays. Arrays are the variables which allow us to store more than one value. In this session we will what is an array, what are the different types of the arrays.
  • Learning Forms and Controls helps you to build the User Interactive Windows or Forms: Any Windows Application is equipped with set of objects called windows controls. The Main control is called a Form, it is the primary window contains different types of controls which allow user to interact with the computer. We will see how to build a form with examples.
  • Event programming helps you to track each and every action of the workbook and you can perform an action any particular time or any particular action or event:- Event programming is the most useful tool which helps to monitor specific user actions within Excel. For example, if the user Opening a Workbook, Selects a Worksheet, enters data into a Cell, or saves a Workbook, these actions are all Excel Events. We will see the most frequently used events with examples.
  • Understanding Objects, Methods and Properties helps you to correct way of programming: Most of the programming languages today are Object Based Or Object Oriented Programming Languages. Although Excel VBA is not a truly object oriented programming language, it does deal with objects. VBA object is something like a thing that has certain functions, properties, and can contain data or child objects. We will see more in this session.
  • You will also learn different ways of secure your Excel Project, getting the data from various sources using ADO and SQL and how to interact with other applications: Yes, we can interact with the other Applications using VBA, i.e; with the MS Office Applications like Word, PowerPoint,Outlook,etc… and other applications like Internet Explorer, SAS, etc… And ADO Stands for ActiveX Data Objects, is Microsoft’s Client-Server technology to access the data between Client and Server. We will discuss more about these in these tutorials.

Advanced Excel VBA Programming – Learning Path:

We are explaining each and every topic with related examples to understand the concepts better. However, we strongly suggest you to follow the same order given in the learning path while learning the topics. So that it will be easy to follow and understand the concepts well.

Tutorials and Useful Links

» Scope of the Variables
» Passing Arguments
» Arrays
» Introduction to Collections
» UserForms and Controls
» Events
» Objects, Properties and Methods
» VBA Security
» Introduction to ADO and SQL : Connecting to a database with VBA
» Interacting with Other Applications

Useful Links

» Shortcut Keys & Tips
» Excel Templates
» All Downloads

Miscellaneous (Posting soon)

» File Processing
» Dashboards
» Tool Development
» Add-In Development
» VBA – Best Practices

Video Tutorials (Posting soon)

» Introduction to Arrrays
» Introduction to Form Control Design
» Introduction to Events
» Introduction to ADO
» Introduction to SQL

FAQs and Quiz? (Posting soon)

» Arrays and Collections
» Forms and Controls Design
» Introduction to SQL

» Working with Collections:
» Working with Events:
» Dealing with Text Files:
» Image Viewer:
» Copy Data from One Sheet to Other Sheets:

Are you feeling our advanced excel vba programming topics are more advanced! Don’t Panic!

Learn the Basic and Intermediate Concepts Before You Begin with Advanced VBA!

If you think these topics are more advanced and want to learn the basic concepts, please learn the basic (Level1) and intermediate (Level2) level of programming concepts an then start learning these advanced (Level3) tutorials.

Level 1: Recording Excel Macros and Basic of VBA for Novice:

This section is for very beginners with no knowledge of Excel Macros or VBA. We start with Recording and Run a Macro and we will learn how to accept the Inputs from the user and show the Popup Messages. Also we will see how to debug macros and edit the macros as per your requirement.

Advanced Excel VBA Programming Tutorials and Examples

Level 1: Learn Excel VBA Basics with Examples:

You can learn basics of the excel VBA by using our 15 Basic Macros. It helps to get started with Excel VBA and understand basics concepts.

Advanced Excel VBA Programming Tutorials and Examples

Level 2: Learn Excel VBA Programming Concepts

In this section you will learn the concepts of VBA programming from the basics to write your own VBA programs like sub routines, functions to automate your daily tasks. By end of this session you will be able to use conditional statements, variables and other programming concepts to automate tasks and you will find significant time saving while working with your projects.

Advanced Excel VBA Programming Tutorials and Examples

Level 2: 100+ Most useful VBA Examples – Basic and Advanced Level

Practive the most useful 100+ VBA codes help you to learn the Basic and Advanced VBA by Example codes.
Useful VBA Codes - Basic and Advanced Level

Are you Novice to Excel! Don’t Worry! Start Learning from the Basics!

Start learning from the basics, here is the complete tutorials to learn excel from Basics to Advanced VBA Programming. Excel is very powerful ans sophisticated tool to do many things in your day to day life. If you learn excel you will be more productive and well recognized person in your organization and you will find many ways to do the same task and save the lot of time while executing any project.

Excel Tutorials – Learning Path to Learn Excel from Basics to Advanced VBA Programming:

Follow our learning path and start learning Excel and VBA.

  • Excel for Beginners: These tutorials are for very beginners who have no knowledge of Excel, here you can learn how to start excel, entering the data, saving the files, etc…
  • Excel Functions – Explained: There are many built-in functions in Excel, these tutorials explains you how to use various functions with examples.
  • Excel Macros & VBA For Beginners: It is very beginners who have no idea about VBA, it will give you basic idea about Excel VBA, you will learn how to record a macro, executing a macro, debugging and editing a macro
  • Excel VBA Programming: It will take you through the conceptual programming techniques, it will make confident in VBA programming
  • Advanced VBA Programming: These are the advanced tutorials listed above, help you to do more advanced things using Excel VBA.

What Next?

Start using Excel and VBA in your day to day projects, download the example files and see how we are writing the programs to solve the problems. We keep adding the example files and dashboards in our download page, you can download and explore it. If you have any questions feel free to post your question in comments section of related topic.
Once you are confident with Excel and VBA, start learning high level programming concepts and other related technologies:

VBA Expert Level Concepts

Classes: If you are from programming background you can learn how to use Class modules in Excel VBA

Add-in: If you are frequently using some functions which are not available in the excel, you can write user defined functions and create Excel Add-in and install your system. You can also build ribbons, menus and share the add-in across the group of users.

API Programming: If you have expert level of programming skills, you can try learning APIs to control the Windows and Forms, you can do more advanced things using APIs.

VSTO: Visual Studio Tools for Office, You need Visual studio to develop the COM Add-ins which can be more secured and you can easily build Ribbons, Task Panes using VSTO.

Other Related Technologies

tools for data analysis

SQL: SQL stands for Structured Query Language, it is common language to communicate with any Data Bases like MS SQL Sever, Oracle, DB2. It is worth learning SQL, it helps you to grow in your profession career.
SAS: SAS stands for Statistical Analysis System or Software, it is widely using Statistical package to deal with data analysis. There is a lot of demand for SAS professionals in the market as the data is growing rapidly and every one wants to use and analyse the data to improve their revenue.
BI Tool: You can consider learning any BI Tool (like Tableau, QlikView, Spotfire,etc…) to build the dashboards.

By |January 12th, 2013|Excel VBA|12 Comments

About the Author:

PNRao is a passionate business analyst and having close to 10 years of experience in Data Mining, Data Analysis and Application Development. This blog is his passion to learn new skills and share his knowledge to make you expertise in Data Analysis (Excel, VBA, SQL, SAS, Statistical Methods, Market Research Methodologies and Data Analysis Techniques).


  1. Raymond July 4, 2013 at 4:20 PM - Reply

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  2. Mike July 25, 2013 at 11:42 PM - Reply

    Hi- Thanks for great site, very clear and nice tutorials.


    • PNRao July 25, 2013 at 11:43 PM - Reply

      You are most welcome Mike!


  3. Neel August 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM - Reply

    Thanks a lot for great tutorials- I like the way of explanation and examples provided for each topic.

    Thank you very much!

  4. Karthik Bala March 13, 2014 at 1:27 PM - Reply

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  6. Ashish June 28, 2015 at 5:11 PM - Reply

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  7. Rohit Mehra October 29, 2015 at 10:45 AM - Reply

    Hello Sir,

    I am a Electronics And Communication Graduate of 2015 batch. could you please tell what courses i should persue to became a data analyst.

    • PNRao November 3, 2015 at 4:55 PM - Reply

      Hi Rohit,

      In most organizations, data analyst role involves the below activities:
      1. Extracting, Cleaning, Formatting the data
      2. Understanding and Analyzing the Data
      3. Presenting the Data Insights

      Anyone who wants to be an analyst they should know the below concepts.
      1. SQL (MS SQL Server or Oracle or Teradata or MS Access) to extract and create the aggregated data sets –> [Beginners can start with MS Access]
      2. At least one analytical tool like SAS,SPSS, R and Excel to format,understand and analyzing the data –> [Beginners can start with MS Excel]
      3. At least one visualization tool like Tableue, QlikView, PowerPoint –>[Beginners can start with MS PowerPoint]

      And there are verity of BI tools in the market and different organizations use different tools based on their business requirement and the domain. These tools can be explored by yourself while executing the projects.

      As fresher you just need good communication skills and ability to think and analyse the data to get the valuable insights from the data. And your organization, Domain and the projects will decide the skills and tools which you need to execute the project.

      Hope this gives you an idea to choose your career.

  8. Derek Gooding April 12, 2017 at 8:15 PM - Reply

    You misspelled “Don’t” as “Do’t”.

    Kind of makes me worry.

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