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Hi Bob - You are my hero.  I aspire to be the Excel expert that you are. I have some VB background but it has been years.  I need to sharpen my skills and need to know if this book is within my realm of comprehension.  I am between intermediate and advanced Excel and not sure if this is the right book for me.  If not, is there another one you can recommend as a stepping stone to Excel Outside The Box? Thanks for your help.

If you take your time, you'll probably have no problem (if you do, contact me!)

On another note(s): I'm leading an online 2-evening/3-hr each class in VBA. Details here:

The class is held June 4 & 6 from 8-11PM est.If you're interested in taking a live, online VBA class, check this out:
go to
on the left side, click the link "Virtual Classroom"
on the right side, click "Virtual Classroom Schedule"
click the MIDDLE Dropdown, scroll to Microsoft Excel Visual Basic for Applications
click "See your selection"
click Course Outline (or register, etc)

And/Or, see this announcement for in-person and more in-depth training (not only VBA):


There will be an Excel User Conference June 26-28, 2013 in Las Vegas.
There are 3 instructors: Bob Umlas(me)(an Excel MVP), Tom Urtis (an Excel MVP), and Szilvia Juhasz (an Excel trainer).  Please email me here if you think you may be interested and
I will follow up with you when the details are known, including hotel, agenda, cost, etc. Please use subject of "EUC Interest" in the email.
Hope to see you there!

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Bob Umlas


I`m a Microsoft Excel MVP (Most Valuable Professional) and have been since the inception of the program in 1995. I can answer every kind of Excel question except: API, Importing/exporting to other programs (powerpoint, word,...) Also check out my in-person training link at


Worked with MS Excel since version 0.99 (on the Mac!). Was contributing editor to Excellence Magazine, having written >300 articles. John Walkenbach said of me "I finally met someone who knows as much about Excel as I do."

Excellence, The Expert, Microsoft

BA in math, Hofstra University, 1965

Awards and Honors
Led sessions for the Convergence 2004-2006 seminar on Excel tips & tricks

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