Lots of people have asked me, "Michael how did you become this good in Excel? What books did you read?"
In this post I'll share the details of the books and the online resources that helped turn me to an Excel Guru.
1. Slaying Excel Dragons: A Beginners Guide to Conquering Excel's Frustrations and Making Excel Fun by Mike Girvin & Bill Jelen
This book is the most helpful of all the books I bought. Here's the book's profile -
This enthusiastic introduction provides support for Excel beginners and focuses on using the program immediately for maximum efficiency. With 1,104 screenshots and explicit information on everything from rows, columns, and cells to subtotaling, sorting, and pivot tables, this guide aims to alleviate the frustrations that come with using the program for the first time. This manual offers strategies for avoiding problems and streamlining efficiency and assists readers from start to finish, turning Excel 2010 novices into experts.
2. VBA and Macros for Microsoft Office Excel 2007 by Bill Jelen
Here's the book's long profile -
“In this day and age of ‘too much information and not enough time,’ the ability to get to the bottom line quickly and in a concise method is what excels companies to the top of their industry. The techniques in this book will allow you to do things you only dreamt of.”
—Jerry Kohl, president of Brighton Collectibles
Develop your Excel macro programming skills using VBA instantly with proven techniques
Master Pivot Tables
Build User-Defined Functions
Migrate to Excel 2007
Query Web Data
Build Dialog Boxes
Use Data Visualizations
You are an expert in Excel, but the macro recorder doesn’t work and you can’t make heads or tails out of the recorded code. If this is you, buy this book. Macros that you record today might work today but not tomorrow. Recorded macros might handle a dataset with 14 records but not one with 12 or 16 records. These are all common problems with the macro recorder that unfortunately cause too many Excel gurus to turn away from writing macros. This book shows you why the macro recorder fails and the steps needed to convert recorded code into code that will work every day with every dataset. The book assumes that you know Excel well, but there is no need for prior programming experience. This book describes everything you could conceivably need to know to automate reports and design applications in Excel VBA. Whether you want to automate reports for your office or design full-blown applications for others, this book is for you.
Learn VBA syntax as easy-to-understand English
Automate Excel’s power tools: Pivot Tables, Charts, Advanced Filters
Save hours per week by automating redundant tasks
Create applications built on top of Excel with custom dialog boxes
Automatically produce hundreds of Excel reports in seconds
Understand how changes in Excel 2007 impact your VBA macros
1 Unleash the Power of Excel with VBA 7
2 This Sounds Like BASIC, So Why Doesn’t It Look Familiar? 29
3 Referring to Ranges 61
4 User-Defined Functions 75
5 Looping and Flow Control 101
6 R1C1-Style Formulas 121
7 What’s New in Excel 2007 and What's Changed 135
8 Create and Manipulate Names in VBA 143
9 Event Programming 155
10 UserForms--An Introduction 177
11 Creating Charts 197
12 Data Mining with Advanced Filter 249
13 Using VBA to Create Pivot Tables 281
14 Excel Power 337
15 Data Visualizations and Conditional Formatting 373
16 Reading from and Writing to the Web 393
17 XML in Excel 2007 413
18 Automating Word 421
19 Arrays 441
20 Text File Processing 449
21 Using Access as a Back End to Enhance Multi-User Access to Data 461
22 Creating Classes, Records, and Collections 477
23 Advanced UserForm Techniques 493
24 Windows Application Programming Interface (API) 517
25 Handling Errors 529
26 Customizing the Ribbon to Run Macros 543
27 Creating Add-Ins 569
3. Excel Gurus Gone Wild: Do the IMPOSSIBLE with Microsoft Excel by Bill Jelen
Here's the book's profile -
Drawn from actual excel conundrums posted on the author's website, www.mrexcel.com, this high-level resource is designed for people who want to stretch Excel to its limits. Tips for solving 100 incredibly difficult problems are covered in depth and include extracting the first letter of each word in a paragraph, validating URL's, generating random numbers without repeating, and hiding rows if cells are empty. The answers to these and other questions have produced results that have even surprised the Excel development team.
These are the books I used. I didn't use any book besides these. In fact, I only read one completely (the first in this list).
Now to the other resources I used.
1. Google Search
And these are all the resources that helped me become the Excel Guru that I am today.